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Lakewood Regional Medical Center holds reunion for joint replacement patients

Sep 5, 2019

Lakewood Regional Medical Center is helping change the way patients and their families think about and experience joint replacement surgery since the introduction of the Center for Joint Replacement at Lakewood Regional

Since the center opened in March 2016, The Center for Joint Replacement at Lakewood Regional Medical Center has treated more than 256 patients. Today marks the seventh Patient and Coaches Reunion Breakfast.

During the reunion breakfast, patients have the opportunity to share their stories with staff and one another about how the comprehensive joint replacement program, which is based on best practices for knee and hip replacements, made a difference in their care experience.

The patient experience through this program is much more than a typical hospital program or hospital stay, explained Dr. Ramy Elias, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Center for Joint Replacement at Lakewood Regional.

"First and foremost we do not see our orthopedic patients as being weak," Elias said. "Instead, we see our patients as healthy individuals who are coming to the hospital because they have knee or hip pain and want to live a better quality of life by having joint replacement surgery."

Wellness is at the core of the entire program. The dedicated impatient unit incorporates a unique staffing model, a redesigned physical environment and work processes, standard protocols, and a comprehensive system to measure clinical, functional, and operational outcomes.

All staff members receive specialized training and are chosen to work on the unit because of their expertise, positive attitude, and motivational skills. The Center for Joint Replacement at Lakewood Regional Medical Center provides an environment that maximizes patient recovery through education, a culture of early mobility, family involvement, and group interaction.

“This center is one example of Lakewood Regional Medical Center’s commitment to investing in our hospital and this community,” said Lena Rangel,RN, Joint care coordinator for the program. “Our orthopedics team is dedicated to providing patients with personalized care in a safe and comfortable setting. This center allows us to help more people each year to gain relief from joint pain, restore normal function, and help return them to an active lifestyle.”

To find out more about the Center for Joint Replacement, contact Lena Rangel at (888) 586-3192 or click here to attend a free community seminar on joint replacement.


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