Being greeted and shown to your room by a concierge isn't something typically associated with a hospital stay, but that will soon be standard practice for patients coming to St. John Medical Center for back or joint surgery.
A dedicated, 16-bed unit offering "guests" 5-star accommodations and amenities on par with a luxury hotel, The Spine & Orthopedic Center at St. John Medical Center will serve as a fitting complement to the exceptional spine and orthopedic surgery services the hospital already provides. The actual center won't be complete until November 1, but staff began ramping up operations on September 1 with temporary quarters on an existing floor. By taking this transitional step, all the necessary program elements will be fully functional when the finished unit is ready to accept patients.
"Continuously evolving techniques and innovations make joint replacement and spine surgeries uniquely beneficial to patients who suffer from arthritis and other painful conditions," said Mehrun Elyaderani, MD, the new program's medical director. Employing leading edge diagnostic, imaging and surgical technology, The Spine & Orthopedic Center's highly skilled and experienced surgeons are backed by a hand-picked team of multidisciplinary experts.
While St. John West Shore has long been recognized as a local leader in musculoskeletal care, the Center represents a major evolutionary step in how the hospital will function from an operational and clinical standpoint, not to mention redefine how it interacts with patients. "Not only will 4-South be taking on the appearance of a fine hotel, it will also provide a number of the same services", according to the unit's manager Toni Noday-Krager, who also added, "The nurses and physical therapists remain at the core of our recovery and rehab team, but our staff will also include a concierge, butler, valet, massage therapist, hair stylist and manicurist."
Many patients will be introduced to The Spine & Orthopedic Center through one in a series of condition-specific community seminars. Individuals suffering from back or joint pain, who might be interested in attending, should call 1-866-733-9117 for more information or to make a reservation.