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Ohio Valley Hospital Unveils New Orthopedic Unit
By Daniel Casciato

Ohio Valley Hospital (OVH) is committed to providing their orthopedic patients with a consistent high-level of care in order to enhance the overall patient experience. That's one of the reasons OVH created a new state-of-the-art unit for people suffering from a wide range of orthopedic problems.

"Ohio Valley Hospital recognized the competitiveness in the market place and wanted to provide a great orthopedic option for our patients and orthopedic surgeons," says Nancy Tamilia, BSN, RN; a Patient Care Navigator with Ohio Valley Hospital.

The quality work OVH's orthopedic program has been doing is catching on, as they recently became a Blue Distinction Center PLUS for knee and hip replacements. The Blue Distinction Center PLUS rating is awarded by Highmark to hospitals who demonstrate expertise and efficiency, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions.

Their new unit was designed to better meet patients' expectations for quality and comfort, and to create a more efficient workflow. Through this unit, OVH can provide top-notch care to patients undergoing procedures such as joint replacement surgery, spinal surgeries, sports medicine and rehabilitative surgeries. OVH's orthopedic specialists cover a wide range of services including hip/knee replacements, spinal surgeries, sports medicine and foot and ankle surgeries. The unit also includes a new gym for physical and occupational therapy. All pre-surgery testing, from lab work to imaging, can be done at Ohio Valley Hospital.

One of the distinct advantages to receiving treatment at OVH is that they are a smaller, independent community hospital where patients can feel close, like family notes Tamilia. As a result, they can provide private rooms and a low patient-to-nurse ratio, offering patients an individualized experience.

"We have specially trained nursing staff that are caring for our orthopedic patients," she says. "As a Patient Care Navigator, I manage the continuum of care from pre-admission to discharge. We provide preoperative education classes with a clear picture of what to expect before, during and after surgery."

OVH's orthopedic team is comprised of orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, physical and occupational therapists, registered nurses, and dietitians. One of the floor's main surgeons is Dr. Paul Liefeld with Tristate Orthopedics. According to Dr. Liefeld, the injuries most commonly seen on their unit are hip and lower extremity fractures. In addition, many of their patients are having elective joint replacement surgeries.

"When it comes to joint replacement surgery, the key is to seek treatment prior to loss of function," he says. "There is a strong tendency for people to wait until they have lost most of their functionality before seeking treatment which can hinder their recovery."

No matter the type of injury or surgeries patients are electing to have, Tamilia says the hospital's goal is to continue providing high-quality, advanced care for patients in the Pittsburgh area.

"We hope to grow the unit as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence as our surgeons continue to bring in patients from around the region. Our community base is pretty wide as we accept most major insurances with little restriction," she says. "We will do our best to make Ohio Valley Hospital a great place to have your necessary or elective orthopedic surgery in a quality and caring environment."

For more information, visit www.ohiovalleyhospital.org

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