Sentara RMH Medical Center announces the Oct. 27 opening of the Sentara OrthoJoint Center® to enhance the experience and surgical outcomes of orthopedic patients.

Sentara RMH launches Sentara OrthoJoint Center®

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Sentara RMH Medical Center announces the Oct. 27 opening of the Sentara OrthoJoint Center® to enhance the experience and surgical outcomes of orthopedic patients.

The enhanced patient experience is based on a seamless, coordinated approach to orthopedic care provided by a team of experienced surgeons working with specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians. For those who are considering joint replacements to address knee or hip pain that has reduced their quality of life, care at the new Sentara OrthoJoint Center® aims to increase patient and family involvement to boost recovery.

The center offers dedicated orthopedic services focused solely on the needs of patients requiring hip, knee and shoulder joint replacements. From specialized pre-surgery joint replacement education sessions and daily newsletters to group therapy sessions and group lunches, the enhancements are focused on improving patient engagement and clinical outcomes.

In addition, an orthopedic nurse navigator, experienced in orthopedics, serves as the primary contact for patients to guide them throughout the process. Navigators offer patient education and are available to answer questions before or after surgery.

Joint replacement patients are encouraged to involve their families and make connections with others undergoing the same procedure. Cohorts of like patients are created to build camaraderie and friendly competition among patients as they track their progress on the therapy board. This practice helps patients become part of a network or support group that encourages progress and leads to better outcomes after surgery.

Outcomes are tracked against national benchmarks, and the orthopedic team gathers feedback and details about patients’ recovery progress directly from patients after they have been discharged from the center. The orthopedic team at Sentara OrthoJoint Center® is committed to providing the highest quality program possible for the Harrisonburg community.