January 08, 2015

Tomball, TX, Jan. 8, 2015 —Tomball Regional Medical Center is changing the way patients and their families think about and experience Joint Replacement Surgery with the introduction of the Tomball Regional Orthopedic Center, a destination joint center, which offers their patients a comprehensive program that is based on a national best practice model for hip and knee replacements, and structured around the fundamental principles of wellness.

“This is not your typical hospital program or hospital stay,” according to James Mathis, M.D. Dr. Mathis is one of 5 orthopedic surgeons who, along with the administrative and clinical team at Tomball Regional Orthopedic Center, developed this innovative program to improve outcomes and provide a superior experience for individuals having hip or knee replacement surgery.

“First and foremost, we do not see our patients as being sick,” Dr. Mathis explained. “Instead, we see our patients as healthy individuals who are coming to the hospital because they have hip or knee pain, and want to live a better quality of life by having joint replacement surgery. “

This fundamental concept of wellness is executed throughout the entire program, which incorporates advanced, minimally invasive, analgesic, and rapid-recovery surgical techniques —with an environment that maximizes patient recovery through education, a culture of early mobility, family involvement, and group interaction.

The Joint Center Experience

An important aspect of the program is that individuals having elective surgery are considered students, not patients. Each student chooses a coach—usually a family member or loved one—who is an active participant in their care before, during and after discharge from the hospital. Both student and coach are required to attend a pre-operative class one to two weeks prior to surgery, where they meet their Destination Joint Center team, in addition to learning in detail about the procedure, what to expect in the hospital, and how to care for oneself after discharge.

One person, a Care Coordinator, oversees the student’s entire stay, and is their resource before, during and after discharge. All staff at the Joint Center receive special training, and are chosen to work on the unit because of their expertise; positive upbeat nature; and high motivational skills. Coaches learn the program right along with their loved one, and provide encouragement and support every step of the way.

The fundamental concept of wellness is also demonstrated throughout the individual’s stay in the hospital. Students do not wear hospital gowns, but rather are expected to bring comfortable clothes—t-shirts, shorts, etc.—to wear during the day. Students also follow an aggressive daily schedule that begins at 6 a.m. the morning after surgery on a unit devoted only to individuals having joint replacement surgery. Each day, students receive a daily newsletter with their breakfast, letting them know the agenda for the day, along with tips on how to care for themselves later. Two group therapy sessions are held daily in the unit. Group therapy is supplemented by individual in-room sessions. Motivational posters are located throughout the halls, and provide a guide for students to measure their success. Students compete with one another on distance walked each day with progress tracked on a large exercise board posted in a common area. This exercise board provides visual reinforcement of goals, and students find the camaraderie both challenging and rewarding.

Care doesn’t end after discharge or graduation. Graduates receive calls from the Joint Center staff within 72 hours of discharge, and again one to two weeks later. Reunions for graduates and their coaches are held quarterly with surgeons and their entire team.

The End Result: Better Outcomes

“We evaluate each patient on multiple clinical, functional, and patient satisfaction criteria,” explained Tom Jackson, TRMC CEO. “These outcomes are then analyzed during monthly performance improvement team meetings, and enable Tomball Regional Medical Center to become an efficient and cohesive team. So, when we say we offer better outcomes, we have the data to prove it,” Jackson said.

For more information on the Tomball Regional Orthopedic Center, call (281) 401-7934.

About Tomball Regional Medical Center

Since 1976, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has provided quality healthcare to the communities we serve including emergency care, labor and delivery, a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), general surgery, robotic surgery, cancer treatment, PET/CT, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, acute inpatient rehabilitation, sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopedics, outpatient testing, geriatric psychiatric unit, wound care and many others. Our 150-acre campus also features designated specialty centers: the Heart Center, the Tomball Regional Wound and Hyperbaric Center, Texas Sports Medicine Center and Cancer Treatment Center.

TRMC is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and is designated by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. The hospital is also recognized for Silver achievement in the Get With The Guidelines®−Stroke, a program created by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to recognize hospitals for achievement in quality indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. Through exceptional technology and specialized medical staff, area residents receive a full range of medical services close to home.

When you need us, we’re here.

For more information, call (281) 401-7500. For a Physician referral please call (281) 401-7777