Do you have hip or knee pain that prevents you from living life the way you want? The experts at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital can help reduce your pain and get you back on your feet. Our JointExperience is a special program designed for hip and knee replacement patients. What makes the program so valuable to patients is our coordinated care. A team—in one location—takes into account all of your needs, starting with patient education and prehab (exercises prior to your procedure) through your surgery to recovery and after-surgery rehabilitation. Our orthopaedic patient floor in the O’Neill Building provides a comfortable, welcoming environment. Nursing stations are positioned between every two rooms for a quick response to your needs. Your care team works with you each step of the way and has you interacting with other joint patients to encourage your successful recovery.
And we know the importance of being surrounded by family and friends, so our JointExperience focuses on family involvement in your daily care and rehabilitation exercises.
A Team Approach
At MedStar Good Samaritan, our team helps you to recover from your hip or knee replacement surgery. Orthopaedic surgeons from MedStar Orthopaedics* work closely with patients and their nurses, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, pain management and case management teams to put a comprehensive plan of care into place. A clinical pharmacist, devoted solely to the orthopedic unit, assists with pain management to make sure you are comfortable, and manages an anticoagulation program.
As soon as a patient is scheduled for surgery, a case manager is assigned. Case managers are registered nurses who educate, prepare patients for surgery, help patients benefit from insurance coverage, and track a patient’s progress.
Patients receive a customized guidebook to bring to appointments, classes and the hospital. Pre-admission joint replacement classes are held weekly for patients and their families as well as prehab—before surgery rehab preparation. Following surgery, patients are cared for by registered nurses, who specialize in orthopaedics and pain management. JointExperience rehabilitation is done individually and in groups to help patients as they prepare to be discharged from the hospital.
Awards and Recognitions
- September 2015 The JointExperience team earned advanced re-certification from The Joint Commission during its Hip & Knee Certification Survey. After the rigorous survey which evaluated compliance with standards of care for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery, the team ended the day with zero Requirements for Improvement. Results like these are rare for any team to achieve.
- July 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranked MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital as a high-performing hospital in the Baltimore Region for orthopaedics and seven other specialty areas.
- November 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranked MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital as a high-performing hospital in the Baltimore Region for orthopaedics and eight other specialty areas.
- July 2012 U.S. News & World Report honors MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in its annual Best Hospitals rankings.
- April 2011 U.S. News & World Report honored MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital with a #4 ranking among the best regional hospitals.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the JointExperience program and hear success stories from our patients.
* = MedStar Orthopaedics brings together the expertise of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center and more than twenty community locations, giving you convenient access to the area's top orthopaedic, sports medicine and spine care. Click here or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.