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Year One: A Time of Growth and Accomplishment at Bone & Joint Institute

February 08, 2018

The Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital recently celebrated its first full year of operation. Physician-in-chief Dr. Courtland Lewis talks about a year of growth and accomplishment. 
Q. Tell us about the growth of the Bone & Joint Institute in its first year. 
A.  Opening a brand new hospital involves a lot of planning and even doing drills in the new space to ensure that every patient is safe and receives great care.  We did 19 operations the day we opened and its been busy ever since with growth in some surgeries such has hip and knee replacements by as much as 50% compared to a year ago. More important to me than the numbers is the fact that we’ve been able to reduce the risk of complications of these surgeries to as low as anywhere in the country and at the same time, receive excellent satisfaction scores from our patients.

It’s been busy enough that we are building out two operating rooms and a dozen patient rooms that we thought we might need several years down the line.

Across the bridge in our Ambulatory Services Building, the new Hartford Surgery Center is fully up and running with a wide variety of orthopaedic surgeries including our first outpatient total joint and spine surgeries which are procedures now starting to happen at a few centers around the country.
Beyond just surgery, there have been lots of developments as well. We’re introducing Bone & Joint Institute Sports Health, a collaboration among the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and my practice, Orthopaedic Associates of Hartford. The focus of the program is on sports health as opposed to strictly sports medicine, as we take a comprehensive approach to both injury prevention and care of the injured athlete.
And in March, the Center for Rheumatology & Bone Health will officially open. It’s led by Dr. John Magaldi of the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, and will provide non-surgical care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis and a variety of complex bone and joint conditions.
Q.  What sets the Bone & Joint Institute apart of other similar hospitals? 
A.  I think it’s our vision and our team. Our vision is, “To be the acknowledged regional center for innovative, person-centered musculoskeletal health,” and our team of over 275 doctors, nurses, therapists and, importantly, our support staff are working all day every day to provide the best care anywhere.