Physical therapy assistant Lisa Pelton, left, shows Arlene Long, of Tiffin, how to get into and out of a car in a therapy area at the Wildwood Orthopaedic hospital.
Tiffin resident Arlene Long 75, maneuvers her way into a mock-drivers seat. Slow and steady, she climbs into the black model-car seats with care while physical therapist Lisa Pelton watches on, advising her on how to safely enter and exit a car.
Ms. Long had surgery on her left knee last week at ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, 2901 N. Reynolds Rd., Sylvania Township.
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Just two days after surgery, sporting shorts and the hospital’s T-shirt proclaiming, “I live to stay active,” she is doing just that, walking about the hospital under the care of a therapist.
“We want our patients to go home, they have the best recovery and avoid complications, infections. It is scientifically proven,” said Dawn Buskey, hospital president.
The hospital this month celebrated its 2-year anniversary. It has performed more than 5,500 surgeries so far this year.
Ms. Long is like many cases. She had her first knee surgery at the hospital and returned for the second. It was Dr. Karl Beer, she said, that brought her back.
Patients are encouraged to be on their feet as soon as possible, starting physical therapy the day of surgery. Research supports that, as well as the sooner a patient is up, the sooner the patient is home, said Marja Dooner, vice president of the hospital's patient care services. Such an approach also prevents blood clots, she said.
The average length of a patient’s stay is 2.4 days, she said.
For a hospital to specialize in one service is an emerging care model in the healthcare industry, according to a recent article published on ModernHealthcare.com.
The Wildwood hospital, located just south of Central Avenue, focuses on spine, total knee, hip, and shoulder surgeries, as well as feet, ankles, and hands.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Assenmacher, one of the hospital’s 20 surgeons, performed 10 surgeries one day last week, half of which were total joint replacement, such as knee or hip surgeries. The design of the hospital concentrates on having labor intensive procedures done efficiently and effectively, he said. He explained that having one mind set from surgical to dietary staff enables that efficient care in orthopedic medicine.
In all, the hospital has a staff of 150, including nurses, radiologists, and a physician who is on the clock 24 hours a day.
Before patients arrive for surgery, they attend the hospital’s Pre-Op University, an informational session hosted on the hospital’s campus about what patients should expect.
“The well informed patient is the best patient,” Ms. Dooner said.
Patients and their family members are educated to prepare before the surgery, they view model implants, and they learn what to expect when they go home or to a skilled nursing facility. If a patient is going to recover at a rehabilitation facility, instead of home, the hospital sends a guideline for the extended care facility, Ms. Dooner explained.
The 70,000-square foot hospital has 36 private rooms. Chairs have seats that are made with seating placed at a higher height, for ease. The floors in the rooms are slip resistant. The private bathrooms have everything on one level, so there is no stepping into a tub or shower.
Officials said they routinely ask patients to fill out satisfaction surveys. According to a national survey of patients’ perspective of hospital care administered through Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, Wildwood’s orthopedic hospital ranked in the 98th percentile in patient satisfaction.