|Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon St., Melrose, (781) 979-3705|
|Advanced sports medicine treatments|
|New arthroscopic shoulder repair|
|Total hip replacements|
|Less invasive ACL repairs|
|Partial and custom knee replacements|
By the time Stoneham resident Keri Verity came to the Hallmark Health System Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine she was at her wits end. The 41-year-old mom had been living in excruciating pain for two years, could barely walk and was no longer able to do the things she loved – exercise and ride her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
An MRI found that Verity had bone spurs and degeneration in her left hip and her orthopedic surgeon recommended she undergo surgery. She had a total hip replacement at Hallmark Health System’s Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in July of 2012 and followed that up with both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy.
While some suggested she go to a Boston hospital, Verity is 100 percent confident she received the same level of care, if not better, at Hallmark Health System. In addition to taking great care of her, the Center’s staff also went above and beyond to accommodate Verity’s son who was on summer vacation at the time. The staff brought him lunch every day and brought in playing cards to help keep him occupied while he visited.
“Once I found the Center that was it, I was sold” said Verity. “I had no doubts whatsoever. I got exceptional care and was able to stay close to home.”
The difficult times are behind Verity now. She is back to doing the things she loves and credits the orthopedic surgeon, nurses and physical therapists at Hallmark Health System for getting her to this point.
“I couldn’t do anything before the surgery without being in pain and I look back and think ‘how did I live like that,’” Verity said. “Hallmark Health System gave me my life back.”
Hallmark Health System is committed to providing our communities with the highest level of orthopedic care in the area. We are staffed with high-quality, board-certified orthopedic surgeons and specially trained nurses and therapists that are among the best in the area.
You no longer need to navigate the traffic and parking issues of Boston in order to receive high quality bone & joint care as we offer the same up-to-date techniques right here, close to home, easier for you to access when you already have enough issues just trying to get around.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Providing you with easy-to-access locations and the same high quality care you expect to receive in Boston is not the only reason you should come to us for treatment. We have taken the extra steps needed to ensure your care is seamless from start-to finish so you can concentrate on your recovery. We have a dedicated program director there to answer all your questions and help you navigate the entire process. We also have established a Joint Camp that helps you understand the entire process, giving you and your family the information needed throughout the process to ensure you are on the fastest path to recovery.
And as a part of Hallmark Health, a premier healthcare system that includes: Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center and Hallmark Health Homecare, you can rest assured that you have access to all the services you may need.
How We Can Help You
If you are experiencing joint pain, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities such as walking or even climbing stairs. Our clinical team is ready to help you make an informed decision about your treatment options. W hether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have already decided with your doctors that you require surgery, we can help relieve your pain and restore your independence.
|We offer highly trained, experienced staff that can provide expert clinical services in the following areas:|
• Arthritis & Rheumatology
• Sports medicine
• Rehab medicine
• Hand, wrist & elbow pain
• Foot & ankle pain
• Shoulder pain
|• Shoulder, hip & knee replacement
• Partial knee replacement
• Custom knee replacement
• Back pain
• Pain management
We understand that you have been living with chronic joint pain that interferes with your daily activities such as walking, exercise, leisure, recreation and work. We are acutely aware of that impact on you so we have taken all of our disciplines such as physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapist, patient care technicians, radiology personnel, lab technicians, dieticians, transporters, housekeeping and clergy and assembled them as a team to deliver high quality, experienced care to our patients. This team is committed to the promotion of your wellness and recovery.
Our multidisciplinary treatment team is patient-centered and focused on patient education in an effort to restore our patients to their pain-free, active and independent lifestyle. We will be responsible for coordinating a seamless transition from your primary care doctor to the orthopedic surgeon. If you require surgery we will then get you through your hospital stay, rehabilitation and return to home. We will partner with you every step of the way!
A Patient Care Director will assure that you receive the best possible care throughout the continuum of your experience. We believe that communication is essential and the key to optimum results in joint surgery and we are committed to keeping you, your family and your physicians involved in your care.
Pre-operative Teaching Plans
The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offers many services that are unique to our area. Our program is designed with our patients and their families in mind. You will attend Joint Camp where you will meet members of your healthcare team.
We will coordinate with nursing and anesthesia to get you better prepared for surgery. We provide the most up-to-date anesthesia techniques available by our highly trained anesthesia department. There are multiple options that involve combinations of both general anesthesia (the patient is completely asleep) and regional anesthesia (which involves injecting the nerves that supply pain to the surgical area to provide pain relief.) The anesthesiologists will decide with you and your surgeon what is the best possible option for you. We provide the latest in pain management techniques in order to put you in control of your discomfort.
We have specially trained nurses who will care for you after surgery. We have nationally certified post anesthesia nurses who will monitor you post operatively. We also provide room service type meals where you can call and order what you want, when you want, as long as it is within your dietary plan.
The Rehabilitation Services team works directly with the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine from joint camp to the inpatient stay through home care and outpatient services. The physical therapy and occupational therapy team is comprised of highly trained, dedicated staff to help you get back into action.
We are monitoring National Clinical Databases to insure that we are providing top quality care as measured across the country. We are already well above the national average in reducing infection rates. We are constantly monitoring the procedures we have in place in order to maintain our good standing with national accreditation.
We are constantly striving to keep our communities informed with the most up-to-date medical information available and have many community programs set up on an ongoing basis. If you have a group that would like to become more knowledgeable about orthopedic care, please feel free to contact us directly.
Anthony J. Alley BSN, RN, NE-BC, Patient Care Director
|William Doherty, MD|
Take a step in the right direction -- toward restoring your joint health. Contact the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today. Our Program Director will be happy to provide you with physician referrals for any of your orthopaedic needs and should you ever require surgical intervention, our coordinator will insure that you have a very positive experience while staying close to home. Our surgeons have considerable experience in all aspects of orthopaedic care and we can find the one that is right for you!
Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine