Providence has consistently been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and for Spine Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Blue Distinction Centers are recognized for the safe, effective care they provide their patients. These doctors and hospitals must meet a specific set of rigorous standards to receive the Blue Distinction designation. Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement facilities have demonstrated expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery provide comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures. Research confirms that Blue Distinction designated healthcare facilities in these areas have fewer complications, lower readmission rates and fewer repeat operations than non-designated facilities. More information is available at www.bcbs.com.
Our patients who undergo orthopedic surgery will received individualized care from a multidisciplinary team of experienced of nurses, nursing assistants, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians and pastoral care professionals in our dedicated Orthopedic Special Care Unit (OSCU) located on Level 9 West.
Joints on the Move
The Providence Hospital Joints on the Move program helps patients prepare for and recover from a joint replacement procedure, get back on their feet quicker and go home sooner.
The Joints on the Move program is offered without charge to patients scheduled for surgery at Providence following a referral from their orthopedic surgeon. To enroll in the program, patients should consult with their orthopedic surgeon at least five to six weeks prior to their anticipated surgery date. At this time, the physician’s office can schedule both surgery and the required two-hour Joints on the Move preoperative education class. Patients also need to select a “coach” (a family member or friend) who can attend class with them, be available at designated times during the first three days following surgery, and help with home care. If you are already scheduled for hip or knee replacement surgery and wish to participate in the Joints on the Move class, call (251)266-3586 as soon as possible to register for the next available class.
At the pre-operative class, patients will receive a notebook with detailed information about presurgery preparations, care during hospitalization and care at home following discharge. Classes are held at Providence Hospital once a month and are taught by a Clinical Nurse Educator, a physical therapist and a case manager. Joints on the Move patients are typically scheduled for surgery early in the week so they will be ready to go home by the weekend.
To view the Joints on the Move patient education video, click here.