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Published on February 17, 2016

Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center Hosts Visitors from Finnish Hospital

February 17, 2016

Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center Hosts Visitors from Finnish Hospital

From Finland, pictured from left to right – Matti
Perttula, national sales manager Orthopaedics,
Stryker Orthopaedics; Jyrki Nieminen, MD, medical
director, Coxa; Marjo Uusitalo, development
director, Coxa; Tarmo Martikainen, CEO, Coxa.
From KishHealth System, part of Northwestern
Medicine, pictured from left to right: Dave Smith,
DC, PT, Joint Center coordinator; Brad Copple,
president of Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West
Hospital; Cindy Tucker, PT, director of
Rehabilitation; Lisa Ackland, RN, director of
Surgical Services; Kevin Poorten, president of
KishHealth System; and Dr. Todd Barrowclift,
senior director of Physician Operations.

DeKalb, Ill. – On Feb. 4, 2016 the Joint Center at Kishwakee Hospital, now part of Northwestern Medicine, welcomed a physician and team from the Hospital for Joint Replacement Coxa, Tampere, Finland, to discuss best practices and latest evidence in joint replacement surgery. Kishwaukee Hospital’s Joint Center has attracted attention from national and international audiences of medical providers in the field of joint replacement surgery. The Joint Center at Kishwaukee Hospital has achieved “Premiere Site” status through Stryker Performance Solutions due to its significant achievements in performance improvement, safety, quality, and patient satisfaction. It is due to these positive trends and through Stryker that the leadership team made the visit to DeKalb from Finland.

Orthopedic Surgeon Rajeev Jain, MD, medical director at Kishwaukee Hospital’s Joint Center and Jyrki Nieminen, MD, medical director at Coxa, discussed all facets of care including pre-operative education, acute management, and follow-up care. The two shared a sincere concern to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient and keeping the patient at the center of the joint replacement process. Dr. Nieminen and his team expressed gratitude for the welcome and information that they received during their visit. Dr. Nieminen said, “Kishwaukee Hospital should be proud of their excellent joint replacement program outcomes and we are looking forward to bringing some of these approaches back to Finland.”

The Hospital for Joint Replacement Coxa, located in Tampere, Finland, the largest joint replacement hospital in Western Europe, specializes in joint replacement surgery and performs over 3,000 procedures per year.

The Joint Center at Kishwaukee Hospital, which specializes in total knee replacement and total hip replacement, discharges 95% of its patients directly home and to outpatient physical therapy the day after surgery with a patient satisfaction rate of over 90%. To learn more about joint replacement surgery at Kishwaukee Hospital please visit kishjointcenter.org.

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