Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital joins nine other Sentara hospitals in providing patients and families a new approach to hip and knee replacement surgery with the introduction of its Sentara OrthoJoint Center®.

Tenth Sentara OrthoJoint Center® opens

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Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital joins nine other Sentara hospitals in providing patients and families a new approach to hip and knee replacement surgery with the introduction of its Sentara OrthoJoint Center®.

Focused on creating a more patient-centric experience, the center’s comprehensive program is based on a national best practice model, structured around the fundamental principle of wellness and focused on enabling holistic treatment throughout the continuum of care it provides. 

Now, undergoing orthopedic joint surgery at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital is not a typical hip and knee replacement surgery experience for patients. For the past year, a team of orthopedic surgeons, administrative staff and orthopedic patient navigator Shannon Brown have been implementing this program to continuously improve outcomes and provide an exceptional experience for individuals having these procedures.

Critically, physicians and staff of the center do not think of these patients as being sick. Alternatively, we consider them healthy people who have elected to have these procedures because they have hip or knee pain and want to improve their quality of life by undergoing joint replacement surgery.

Following the proven design of other Sentara OrthoJoint Center locations, the concept of wellness is the primary priority of the entire program, which incorporates the most advanced minimally invasive pain management and rapid-recovery techniques. The center’s patient focused environment enhances and maximizes recovery through pre-operative education, a culture of early mobility (getting patients up and moving), family involvement and group interaction.

For example, before surgery Sentara provides patients an educational class, including a thorough guidebook that explains their upcoming surgery, outlines pre-operative strengthening exercises and serves as their clinical journal for the duration of the experience. Further, the program encourages and enables family and caregiver involvement having each patient identify a “coach.” Before, during and after discharge from the hospital, the coaches participate in educational sessions and training and receive motivational tips for patients. And, care doesn’t end after discharge. Patients receive follow-up telephone calls from the Sentara OrthoJoint Center staff after discharge, and again one to two weeks later.

As a result of this new approach, Sentara OrthoJoint Center patients experience superior outcomes with better pain control which enables them to be more mobile earlier in the recuperation process and empowers them to return home sooner for more comfortable and faster recovery. Exemplifying this, between 2013 and 2015, Sentara OrthoJoint Centers across the Sentara Healthcare system saw a 15.21 percent reduction in hip and knee surgery patients’ length of stay in the hospital (from 3.09 to 2.62 days). Further, the center’s physicians and staff evaluate each patient on multiple clinical, functional and patient satisfaction criteria. The team then analyzes these outcomes to ensure our patients are receiving the quality of care they expect and deserve, as well as enable us to review and improve our patient care processes on an ongoing basis.

The following Sentara Healthcare facilities also offer Sentara OrthoJoint Center programs:

  • Sentara CarePlex Hospital 
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital 
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center 
  • Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital 
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center