We were pleased to be a featured case study in December's New England Journal of Medicine. Thanks to Dr. Schutzer, Dr. Grady-Benson and Mike Cremins, PhD. for their outstanding work and research in this study and article. Learn about how the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI) has been committed to quality and safety improvement initiatives. A rigorous focus on metrics and analytics has allowed them to continuously monitor the delivery of the highest quality care leading to better outcomes, cost-efficient care, lower infection rates, and higher patient satisfaction.
Building a “Hospital-within-Hospital” Model for Joint Replacements New England Journal of Medicine Case Study · December 5, 2018
OAH Team Receives Accolades and Published Article in Prestigious New England Journal of Medicine
The oldest continuously published and prestigious peer reviewed New England Journal of Medicine has selected three OAH team members for their recent publication. Learn how this innovative team has taken an integrated approach to joint replacement that provides superior patient care, reduces costs and improves outcomes.
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Entrance to outpatient surgery center
We are thrilled to announce our plans to open the most cutting edge outpatient surgical facility in the state, if not the nation.
Leading the way in innovation and patient safety
Every detail of this stunning new facility is designed to create an extraordinary patient experience. The 45,000 square foot facility is slated to open on January 7, 2019. It is located at 150 Enterprise Drive in Rocky Hill.
“The future of orthopedics is moving surgeries to outpatient venues,” explains Dr. Pietro A. Memmo, Assistant Director of the Orthopedic Associates Surgical Center. Dr. Memmo, along with Dr. Andrew Caputo, are co-owner project managers of the new surgical center and have been overseeing all aspects of the center from design through completion. Dr. Memmo points out that “Research, patient satisfaction, and our experience shows that outpatient surgeries are more cost effective for patients, with much lower infection rates and superior outcomes. That is why we have made the significant investment of approximately $30 million to build a center that is truly unparalleled in the Northeast.”
OAH surgeons will perform a wide range of surgeries at the center including:
The majority of procedures that were previously done in an inpatient facility will now be performed in an outpatient setting. “The center has everything and more that a hospital offers, without the overnight stay and with improved convenience and lower costs,” says Dr. Memmo.
Entrance to medical office building where patients can see doctors and receive physical therapy
The new facility includes seven operating rooms and one procedure room. The operating rooms are over 600 square feet to accommodate the latest technology and robotic systems while providing surgeons with more room to comfortably operate. Patient safety is at the forefront and the newest advancements in care are in place, including the most advanced sterilization systems on the market.
On the lower level, there are 25+ rooms for doctors to see patients and a full service physical therapy center. In fact, physical therapists will immediately start physical therapy in the post-operative surgical area so that patients can go home the same day. Patients will be able to stay up to 23 hours. Every single detail, from the layout of the building to the onsite services and accessibility, was considered to enhance the patient experience.
This new center will replace the existing Orthopedic Associates of Hartford surgical center in Rocky Hill located on Cromwell Avenue. “When our Rocky Hill surgical center opened 15 years ago, it was ahead of its time,” said Dr. Memmo. “Patients reported a 98% satisfaction rate and preferred it to a hospital setting. This new building is 40% larger, is at the forefront of patient care, and allows our surgeons to handle over 100 cases a day and, at capacity, up to 15,000 cases per year.”
Size was only one consideration behind building the new center. Dr. Caputo shares that patient comfort, safety, and convenience were all primary drivers behind the new center. He explains, “As a physician-owned and led project, the new building was planned with the patients, doctors, and employees in mind. Our nurses and dedicated staff members are the heart of what we do. We want them to be happy in a setting that is second to none. It is designed to make their jobs easier, as well as to optimize patient workflow.”
Part of what contributes to the positive experience is the natural beauty of the center. One of the most prominent architectural features is the floor-to-ceiling windows which bring an abundance of natural light flooding the interior patient care environment. Beautiful natural stone walls, soothing colors, and custom art work embody a sense of calmness and serenity, unlike a hospital.
The state-of-the-art facility is also designed with sustainability in mind. Principal of MBH ARCHITECTURE, Nicholas Michnevitz shares, “This center exemplifies a modern approach to construction of patient care centers with emphasis on sustainability and being lean and efficient. From the exterior of the building to the landscaping, electrical units, lighting, and finishes, every detail was designed to be environmentally responsible and resource efficient.” Even the skin of the building is environmentally efficient and uses Centria Panels that have built-in insulation and water drainage systems.
Mark Caccio, Senior Project Manager with A/Z Corporation who is overseeing construction, points out that “Every possible enhancement was implemented to create a safe and sterile environment that meets the highest standards reserved for brand new hospitals. Walls, surfaces, ceilings, and flooring were designed using the most cutting edge materials on the market to create a sanitary sealed environment where patient safety is at the forefront.”
An official ribbon-cutting Grand Opening ceremony is planned for February of 2019, in conjunction with the Rocky Hill Chamber of Commerce, local legislators, and members of the healthcare community.
Tim Taylor, CEO of Orthopedic Associates looks forward to kicking off 2019 with this major advancement in patient care. “This center raises the bar on orthopedic and musculoskeletal care and takes it to a whole new level. We look forward to opening our newest facility, where our exceptional team can continue to offer patients the best orthopedic care in a setting that maximizes their comfort and convenience.”
Co-Owner Project Managers of the New Surgery Center
Dr. Zhou is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon who cares for patients with surgical and non-surgical spine related disorders. To treat these disorders, Dr. Zhou specializes in advanced minimally invasive and open surgical techniques. He believes in a comprehensive approach to patient care, including utilization of physical therapy and conservative management to explore all alternatives of treatment before surgery is considered. His clinical interests and expertise include degenerative cervical/ thoracic/ lumbar disease, adult deformity/scoliosis, spine oncology, and trauma. In addition, Dr. Zhou has a special interest in complex spine reconstruction including revision fusion surgery for non-union, and proximal junctional kyphosis/failure.
Dr. Zhou completed his fellowship in spine from the prestigious Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. He finished his undergraduate education at University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA with a degree in biomechanical engineering. He earned his medical degree from Boston University in Boston, MA and went on to complete a six-year academic Orthopedic Surgery residency program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. In addition to the five-year clinical residency, Dr. Zhou also completed an additional year of orthopedic surgery research in the area of spine disorders. His efforts led to numerous publications and national presentations during his training. Dr. Zhou was also selected for the AOA Resident Leadership Forum during his residency training.
Dr. Zhou is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care with the highest level of compassion and expertise. He looks forward to helping you with your back-related problems. Dr. Zhou currently resides in West Hartford and enjoys running and hiking.