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Excellent Care at Center for Joint Replacement

Health, Wellness & You
Friday, April 4, 2014

Center for Joint Replacement Rates High in Patient Satisfaction

Fort HealthCare’s Center for Joint Replacement received high marks in patient satisfaction, rapid recovery, and low complication rates for the second year in a row according to Marshall Steele & Associates, a healthcare consulting and management company. The data was based on hip and knee surgeries performed during the period of January 2013 to December 2013.

Fort HealthCare’s patient satisfaction scores are outstanding when compared to other hospitals in Wisconsin. Overall patient satisfaction with joint replacement surgery at Fort HealthCare was 20 percentage points higher when compared to other facilities in the state, with 87 percent of patients reporting satisfaction with their Fort HealthCare experience versus a 67 percent satisfaction rate for other Wisconsin hospitals. 87 percent of patients would “definitely recommend” Fort HealthCare’s Center for Joint Replacement.

Another factor in the patient experience is rapid recovery and transition back home. Fort HealthCare patients leave the hospital sooner, spending an average of two days in the hospital compared with close to four days for other Wisconsin hospitals. And in 2013, 91 percent of patients went directly home from the hospital, receiving outpatient therapy instead of being discharged to a rehabilitation facility.

Complication rates related to hip and knee surgery continue to be low. Possible complications that could affect a patient’s rapid recovery include infection, blood clots, and severe bruising. For hip and knee replacement patients in 2013, Fort HealthCare saw a zero percent complication rate during a patient’s stay in the hospital. This was the second year in a row for a zero percent complication rate compared to a national complication rate average of 2.6 percent. Within 30 days of surgery, the complication rate for Fort HealthCare patients was 2.5 percent compared to a 4.0 percent national average.

Fort HealthCare’s Center for Joint Replacement is focused on patient care.

The Fort HealthCare Center for Joint Replacement provides an exceptional patient-centered surgery and rehabilitation experience for total hip and knee joint replacements. The entire joint replacement program is designed with the patient in mind – from pre-surgery education to specialized surgical care, through physical and occupational therapy to complete recovery. The goal is to provide seamless, coordinated care to get patients back to their favorite activities as soon as possible.

The board certified physicians of Fort HealthCare Orthopaedic Associates have a great passion for what they do and are committed to providing the highest quality patient care. This team of experts includes James Bruno, MD; Thomas Nordland, MD; Paul Schuppner, DO and Isidoro Zambrano, MD.

For more information regarding the Fort HealthCare Center for Joint Replacement, visit or call (920) 568-5318.