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St. Vincent opens new Orthopedic Institute

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 at 3:27 PM

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Erie will soon have a new place to take care of our bad shoulders, knees, and broken bones.

Saint Vincent Hospital has completed work on a new orthopedic institute. The 14,000 square foot facility includes 24 exam rooms, two x-ray stations and two bays for making casts.

Funded by a $2.5 million dollar gift from the Saint Vincent Foundation, the new facility will address what the hospital sees as a growing need for bone and sports related injuries.

Chris Clark, President of Saint Vincent says, "so many people have these muscular-skeletal conditions that are cared for by orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists so we created this new facility for thm to come into and provide treatment to meet their needs."

The Saint Vincent Orthopedic Institute will be open to patients beginning Monday morning.

Press Release is as follows:

Saint Vincent Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network, today unveiled a new, state-of-the-art Orthopedic Institute that will support the hospital’s growing orthopedic surgery and sports medicine programs.

Located in the Hardner Building adjacent to the hospital, the new 14,000 square-foot facility includes 24 exam rooms, two X-ray units, two casting bays, a 94-seat waiting room and offices for the Institute’s orthopedic surgeons – Mark Bloomstine, MD, Mark Buseck, MD, David German, MD, and Robert Lupo, MD, as well as Jay Deimel, MD, who will join the practice in November.

Funded by a $2.5 million gift from the Saint Vincent Foundation, the largest in its history, the Orthopedic Institute officially opens on Monday, June 26.

“The Orthopedic Institute was designed to advance a patient-centered model of care, improving access to our program and the quality and efficiency of the services it provides,” said Christopher Clark, DO, MHA, President, Saint Vincent Hospital. “We cannot thank the Foundation enough for making such an important investment in our hospital and the community.”

According to Dr. Clark, the Institute is establishing an appointment scheduling system that will enable patients to be seen within 24 hours of calling the practice. The facility’s design also incorporates four check-in stations and eight surgery scheduling stations to increase patient flow and reduce waiting times. Curbside valet parking for patients will also be offered.

“The hospitals and caregivers of Allegheny Health Network have a long history of providing innovative, world-class orthopedic care for the people of the greater western PA region,” said Patrick DeMeo, MD, Chair of AHN’s Orthopedic Institute. “This new facility continues that tradition, surrounding our patients in Erie and neighboring communities with every resource they need to help them heal and return to the highest quality of life possible.”

Last year, Saint Vincent became the first and only hospital in Erie to offer patients access to the MAKO® Robotic arm Interactive Orthopedic system for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures. The system’s surgeon-controlled robotic arm technology enables more accurate alignment and placement of artificial joint implants, improving patient outcomes. Saint Vincent expanded this advanced capability to include MAKO® total knee replacement just this month. The hospital will host a “Meet the Robot” event on July 6 to introduce the community to the technology.

“Since introducing this highly innovative surgical capability, our Institute has experienced steadily growing patient volumes,” said Dr. Lupo. “Our incredible new facility better enables us to grow and expand to meet this increasing demand in the most effective, efficient and satisfying manner for our patients.”
The Saint Vincent Orthopedic Institute was recently named by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 36 hospitals nationwide with the lowest rates of patient readmission following hip and knee replacement surgery. Saint Vincent was ranked 14th in the country and is the only hospital in western Pennsylvania to be included on the CMS list.

According to the 2017 Quantros CareChex® quality report, Saint Vincent is ranked #1 in Erie for Medical Excellence in Overall Hospital Care, Overall Medical Care, Overall Surgical Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Major Cardiac Surgery, Heart Attack and Heart Failure Treatment, Stroke, Women’s Health and Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage care.

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