Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement® demonstrate an expertise in quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients, by meeting objective clinical measures developed with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. To date, we have designated approximately 540 facilities nationwide as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement. For more information, visit the website for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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Award-Winning Orthopedic Care

Providence Hospital offers progressive, high-quality, customer-centered orthopedic care through the efforts of a competent, enthusiastic, multidisciplinary team.  In 2005, Providence Hospital was named a “Top Performer” by CareScience Corporation, a leading provider of health information technology and consulting services, for outstanding performance in total knee replacement procedures. As one of only fifteen hospitals selected nationally for this award, Providence was recognized for quality and efficiency that placed it among the top 16 percent of CareScience clients.

The Orthopedic Special Care Unit (OSCU) is located on Level 9 West. A dedicated staff of nurses, nursing assistants, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians and pastoral care professionals provide individualized care to our patients.

Joints on the Move

Hip or knee replacement can be very successful at Providence, thanks to Joints on the Move a program that helps patients prepare for and recover from a joint replacement procedure.  Working with the orthopedic health care team at Providence, patients are often able to get back on their feet more quickly 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) that can attend class with them, be available at designated times during the first three days following surgery, and help them 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, you may call 251-631-3586 to register for the next available class.  Classes are held once a month, so register early!

At the pre-operative class, patients will receive a notebook with detailed information about preoperative 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 learn more about joint replacement surgery and how to prepare for it, please contact an orthopedic surgeon.

For the name of an orthopedic surgeon practicing at Providence Hospital, click here to find an orthopedic physician.

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