PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend recognized for joint replacement

4/4/2014

​PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has been named one of the 97 best hospitals in the country for hip and knee replacements, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

 
“Our care team of surgeons, operating room nurses, bedside nurses, and physical therapists ensure that each of the 1,200 hip and knee replacements performed annually at the Center include a spectrum of care for each patient before, during and after their procedure,” said Dr. Steven Shah, joint replacement surgeon at Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and orthopedic section chair at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart at RiverBend. “Every member of our team is specially trained in orthopedics and committed to getting our patients back on their feet faster than in traditional joint replacement programs.”
 
RiverBend was the only facility in Oregon or Washington included in the 97 best hospitals list. To determine its rankings, the CMS study looked at the number of times patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge and how often patients suffered serious complications after surgery. RiverBend ranked “above average” in low readmission rates. Overall, 95% of hospitals nationally were rated “average.”
 
“Our focus is on achieving clinical excellence in all phases of the joint replacement process,” said Heather Wall, RN, Director of Medical and Surgical Nursing. “Our collaboration with Slocum allows us to offer patients a continuum of care which spans preoperative education, operative and postoperative care, right through to establishing a discharge plan for quick recovery.”
 
The PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Joint Replacement Center launched its “Back on Track” program in 2012 to promote wellness and an early return to mobility for joint replacement patients through physical rehabilitation, coaching and individual and group therapies immediately following the surgery. A key goal of the program is to shorten patient hospital stays and recovery times with physical rehabilitation, coaching and individual and group therapies immediately following surgery.
 
“At a time when there is so much frustration and confusion in health care, our local community should be proud to know that the doctors from Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and the nurses and administration from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart RiverBend are working hard together to achieve better outcomes at a lower cost and help develop a better health care system for our community,” said Dr. Brian Jewett, Medical Director of the Back on Track Program and a joint replacement surgeon at Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.