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Fall Winter 2015

Total hip and knee replacement patient-centered approach
A Message from Our Dyad Leaders

MarylandHaydarWelcome to the inaugural orthopedic service line newsletter. Orthopedics is an area of growth in the United States and an opportunity for Ascension ministries to care for the varied needs of their community members with the right type and level of care, at a uniformly high level of quality and service. We invite you to join in the conversation, as we explore effective practices across this service line. We know there are many!

In October 2015, the Orthopedics Excellence Council met for the first time, led by Dr. Frederick C. Schreiber, an orthopedic surgeon from Genesys Regional Medical Center. The council features a mix of surgeons and other clinicians along with leaders representing ministry service lines, long-term care, AIS and more. This group will define orthopedic excellence and will serve as the “peer review” body for programs like the one featured in this newsletter, recommending effective practices and programs that will elevate the outcomes of those needing orthopedic care system-wide.

The timing of this system-wide collaboration is fortuitous as we monitor the news for a decision on a proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid bundled payment program for joint replacement. Nine ministries will participate in the January 2016 program launch if the plan goes forward as originally designed.

Today, we feature the total hip and knee replacement team’s patient-centered approach at the Joint Replacement Center at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita, KS. We appreciate their generosity in sharing their program’s continuous efforts to improve—which includes not only the article and videos but two webinars that will allow you to follow up with questions and ideas to share.

As we begin our work together, we wish to thank all of you for your unwavering commitment to those we serve. We look forward to hearing your stories!