A 5-Star Healthgrades Rating is Just One Reason for Choosing IVCH for Hip
or Knee Replacement Surgery
If your joint pain has reached the point where your doctor is recommending
hip or knee replacement surgery, you’ll find you have a lot of choices
when it comes to where to have the surgery and who should perform it.
When you choose IVCH as your hospital and Dr. Peter Meier or Dr. Robert
Mitchell as your orthopedic surgeon, you’re choosing a team that
has objective and qualitative proof of delivering consistently excellent outcomes.
Here’s the first thing you should know. Healthgrades®, an online
resource for information about physicians and hospitals, has awarded IVCH
a 5-star rating for hip replacement 13 years in a row and for knee replacement
12 years in a row.
IVCH is the only hospital in Illinois that can claim that honor.
“Doctors Meier and Mitchell have always had excellent reputations
for their work. This award came as no surprise,” said Tommy Hobbs,
IVCH chief executive officer.
The Healthgrades report demonstrates how
clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals
regionally and nationally, according to Dr. Brad Bowman, Healthgrades chief medical
officer. “In an environment where consumers have more choices about
where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving
high-quality outcomes is fundamental,” he said.
A modern approach to rehab
Following surgery, you’ll get a head start on your recovery and getting
used to your new hip or knee by staying in The Joint Replacement Center,
an IVCH nursing unit specifically dedicated to getting joint patients
up and walking as quickly and as pain free as possible.
The JRC is organized around a national best practice model that sees hip
and knee replacement patients as being fundamentally healthy individuals
who are having joint replacement surgery because knee and hip pain is
keeping them from enjoying the quality of life they want, according to
Dr. Meier, the center’s medical director.
“First and foremost, we do not see our patients as being sick,”
said Dr. Meier. “This is not your typical hospital program or hospital
Dr. Meier said The JRC has a set of specific protocols that set it apart
from other knee- and hip-replacement programs. For example:
- Each patient chooses a coach—usually a family member or friend—who
is an active participant in his or her care before, during and after discharge.
Both patient and coach are required to attend a pre-operative class two
weeks before surgery, where they meet The Joint Replacement Center team
and learn in detail about the procedure, what to expect in the hospital,
and how to care for themselves after discharge.
- Patients can wear their own comfortable clothing—sweats, shorts,
etc.—rather than hospital gowns if they want to.
- Patients will follow an aggressive daily rehabilitation schedule including
group therapy sessions in the exercise room. Group therapy is supplemented
by individual in-room sessions.
And care won’t end after discharge. Patients receive calls from The
Joint Replacement Center staff within 72 hours of discharge and again
one to two weeks later.
Better than the rest
“The result of this approach to surgery is less pain, quicker recovery,
and superior outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Mitchell and patient
surveys back him up.
- 89% of IVCH joint replacement patients report mild to no pain while walking
following surgery compared to a national average of 80%.
- 93% of IVCH joint patients go directly home from the hospital compared
to a national national average of 71%.
- The overall satisfaction rate of IVCH joint replacement patients is 89%,
well above the national average of 73%
- The average length of stay for an IVCH joint patient is 1.6 days. The national
average is 2.7 days.
- 94% of our joint replacement patients say they would definitely recommend
IVCH. Nationally, only 72% of patients say they would recommend the hospitals
where their joint surgeries were performed.
“There is a definite IVCH difference when it comes to hip and knee
replacement surgery,” said Hobbs, the hospital’s CEO. “Our
doctors, our clinical staff, and our system of care demonstrate that and
I invite anyone contemplating hip or knee replacement surgery to make
an appointment with Dr. Meier or Dr. Mitchell and learn more.
Call 815-223-2143 or click here to learn more about Dr. Meier, Dr. Mitchell
and Illinois Valley Orthopedics.