HMH’s Total Joint Program has been named one of the best in the country for hip and knee replacement. Of the 36 hospitals the Becker Hospital Review recognized, HMH ranks in the top 12 and is the only program in Kentucky to receive the distinction. Becker’s based the ranking on 30-day readmission rates, a standard healthcare quality measurement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses. The national average rate of readmission after these surgeries is 4.6. HMH’s rate is 3.2.
“When you are in the company of prestigious institutions like the Mayo Clinic and Emory University Hospital, it speaks volumes about your program,” said Dr. Jody Prather, HMH’s vice president and chief population health officer. HMH orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jeff Been, said that improving patient health and quality of life is the Total Joint Program’s highest priority. “The surgeons, nurses and therapists work as a team to get our patients up and moving and back doing what they love,” said Been.
Been says while the team takes great pride in the recognition, achieving results for his patients is the most rewarding part of the work. He also noted the advances in hip and knee replacement in the past decade. According to Been’s fellow Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Marcis Craig, patients are bearing weight on their new joints in the first hours after surgery. “Then, our talented team at HMH educates and works with our patients and their families so they can realize the best results after they are discharged from the hospital,” said Craig.
This was certainly the case for Dr. Marshall Johnson, a local surgeon, who has had both his knees and both his hips replaced by Dr. Craig.
“HMH has such a great team from start to finish. I received excellent care during all of my surgeries here,” Dr. Johnson said. “Thanks to the excellent people in orthopedics and HMH’s wonderful physical therapy, I was able to return to work in about three weeks.” HMH’s Director of Rehabilitation Services Dan Martin echoed this sentiment about the comprehensive aspect of the total joint program. “Our entire rehabilitation team takes great pride in providing patients with the most advanced physical and occupational therapy services after surgery,” said Martin. “We know quality rehabilitation reduces readmissions.”
HMH’s Total Joint Center is certified by the Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Total Knee and Total Hip. Check out a recent article about the HMH’s Total Joint Center here.