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Orthopedic Joint and Spine Center

When patients enter Miami Valley Hospital in need of skeletal system treatment, it takes a team of medical experts and professional caregivers to care for them and prepare them to continue their journey toward recovery at home. 

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Physical Therapist Scott Johnson assists a patient undergoing rehabilitation in the therapy satellite, located on the eighth floor of the Orthopedic Joint and Spine Center.

The new MVH Orthopedic Joint and Spine Center will open in January in the southeast section of the hospital’s new patient tower. The center’s specialized services include:

  • Treatment of diseases such as progressive arthritis to the spine and joints
  • Treatment for fractures to the skeletal system from a traumatic source
  • Joint replacements to the knee, shoulder and hip

The center is located on the eighth and ninth floors of the patient tower. There are 34 private rooms on the eighth floor for patients requiring a wide range of orthopedic treatment. The ninth floor, which has 36 beds, is designed to treat spinal illness and trauma. (Any condition involving damage to the spinal cord is treated by neurological specialists in another unit at MVH).

The new center offers a 40 percent increase in orthopedic care capacity at MVH, says Lisa K. Williams, RN, nurse manager for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Services.

Room Rehab

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Michael Prayson, MD
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Lisa Holscher, PT
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Lisa K. Williams, RN

“The new Orthopedic Joint and Spine Center will support all aspects of orthopedic care,” says Michael Prayson, MD, director of orthopedic trauma at MVH, and professor and vice-chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. “The private rooms are much larger than our current rooms,” he notes. “Consequently, it will be convenient for family members to spend more time with patients, offering encouragement and assistance.” Such involvement, he notes, will have a positive impact on the patient’s healing process.

Williams agrees on the benefits of larger, private rooms: “These new rooms are large enough that families can participate directly in a patient’s rehabilitation. They can also stay overnight with their loved ones while they’re in the hospital.”

Lisa Holscher, PT, clinical coordinator of acute physical therapy at MVH, describes why it’s important that family members participate in a patient’s physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation whenever possible. “We see the patient for a relatively short period of time. Family members often provide care and support to patients in the home setting. After discharge, it’s the family members who have to keep their loved ones energized and encouraged.”

Bathrooms in each room are large enough to accommodate a shower so patients and families can practice safe methods of using the bathroom once discharged. Holscher says the bathrooms are large enough to accommodate a patient, professional caregiver and a family member even if a patient uses wheelchair, walker or crutches.

Therapy Satellite

While the new, spacious rooms in the center allow rehabilitation to take place inside a patient’s room, the center’s new therapy satellite, conveniently located on the eighth floor, is well equipped with rehabilitation equipment. This satellite serves patients from both floors of the center and is especially useful for group therapy.

Working in Sync

As with the floor plan of the Heart and Vascular Center (the other tower tenant), the Orthopedic Joint and Spine Center’s patient floors follow a modern design that permits better patient care and better collaboration among caregivers.

Multiple patient care stations, each serving fewer patients, are a major improvement that allows nurses to be closer and more responsive to their patients.

The new design also allows other caregivers such as therapists, technicians, dietitians and social workers to confer together about a patient’s care. They can easily find the nurse assigned to a particular patient at the patient care station. Rather than learning the status of a patient by reading a chart, these professionals can discuss patient care with a nurse face to face.

It’s also easy for several caregivers to collaborate at the central hub located at the end of the corridor.” Such interaction will allow us to work as a unified team to provide the best care for the patient,” says Holscher.

A Different Look, a Different Feel

The new tower features numerous large windows, allowing for an abundance of natural light in both the patient rooms and the therapy satellite. Dr. Prayson, along with Williams and Holscher, believes that this feature will positively impact healing for orthopedic patients.

“Patients have a more relaxing view and can enjoy much more sunlight,” says Williams. “This extra sunlight provides patients with an additional source of vitamin D.”

Of course the rooms have blinds that can be drawn during rest and sleep. Williams says that experiencing routine day and night “cues” promotes healing.

Williams and Holscher say the new center offers a completely different feel from a traditional hospital setting, and both are looking forward to treating patients there.

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