Communities ServedTouchstone Orthopaedic Care (a service of Fillmore County Hospital) serves the areas of Fillmore County, Nebraska and the surrounding communities.
Touchstone Orthopaedic Care is a service of Fillmore County Hospital
Fillmore County Hospital is a county owned, 20-bed critical access hospital, that opened the doors of its brand new state-of-the-art hospital on March 1, 2012. Fillmore County Hospital delivers patient and family focused care where compassion, innovation and teaching are vital. Their vision is to be the regional choice for valued health services. Its team will be recognized for their knowledge and compassion in delivering exceptional care, innovative services and trusted outreach and education in all states of life. Contact Marcus Ruhl, Touchstone Orthopaedic Care Joint Care Coordinator, at 402-759-8201 for more information.
Joint Replacement Program
What can I expect if I have my joint replacement surgery at Fillmore County Hospital?
At Touchstone Orthopaedic Care, a service of Fillmore County Hospital, the process for our elective joint replacement program is a comprehensive approach that includes coordinated participation between our orthopedic surgeons, hospital staff, and clinicians. We have developed a seamless, end to end system built around the patient and their key needs at all points along the continuum of care. We offer an exceptional patient experience that is powered by a wellness environment, data driven outcomes, thorough patient education that prepares patients before, during, and after surgery, a complimentary guidebook and joint class, a free reunion lunch, several amenities including a special t-shirt awarded at discharge, and extensive follow-up which includes personalized progress surveys to continuously monitor and improve quality of life. You become a part of our family here at Fillmore County Hospital and you are always cared for like family.
Highlights of the Joint Replacement Program
• Minimally invasive procedures for hip and knee replacement, combined with next generation, advanced analgesic techniques to decrease post-operative pain and nausea.
• A unique staffing model that integrates education, personal coaching and clinical excellence under a common goal of rapid recovery and improved quality of life.
• A redesigned physical environment and work processes that enhance the patient experience and significantly increase patient satisfaction.
• Standardized protocols that often facilitate early ambulation, rapid discharge, and accelerated recovery.
• A comprehensive system to measure clinical, functional and operational outcomes, and benchmarks to compare our outcomes with hospitals across the country.
More In Depth About the Joint Replacement Program Difference
1. Comprehensive guidebook. Education begins in the physician’s office where patients are given a comprehensive guidebook, explaining before, during, and after surgery and providing a list of activities, including pre-operative orthopedic strengthening exercises that they need to begin prior to surgery.
2. Pre-operative class. All patients and their family members are able to attend a pre-operative class two weeks prior to joint replacement surgery, where they learn about the procedure, understand what to expect in the hospital, and learn how to care for oneself after discharge.
3. Coach. Each person chooses a coach which is usually a family member or friend who is an active participant in their loved one’s care before, during and after discharge from the hospital. Coaches learn the program right along with their loved one and provide encouragement and support. Coaches are given a special coach’s t-shirt.
4. Aggressive daily schedule. Patients are up and dressed by 6 a.m., starting the day after surgery. Two group joint therapy sessions as well as in-room therapy and education are held daily.
5. Street clothes, no hospital gowns. Patients do not wear hospital gowns. They are to bring comfortable clothes like t-shirts, shorts, and sweats that they wear during the day, further encouraging our program’s fundamental concept of wellness.
6. Daily newsletters. Each morning patients receive a daily newsletter letting them know what is on the agenda for the day, along with tips for caring for their new knees or hips.
7. Group lunches. Group lunches are held for patients, coaches and staff, which encourage camaraderie and shared experiences.
8. Patient ambulation incentive board. Joint patients compete with other joint patients on distance walked each day. All progress is tracked on a large magnetic board themed with trains and is posted on the wall outside patient rooms for all to see. This board provides visual reinforcement of goals met each day. “Beat the Board” as we like to say and walk over 2500 feet to win a prize.
9. After-care support program. Graduates receive calls from The Touchstone staff after discharge, and receive extensive follow-up 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year.
10. Reunion Lunch for graduates and their coaches are held regularly with surgeons and the entire care team
11. Care Coordinator. One person, a patient advocate and liaison, oversees the patient’s entire stay, and is a resource before, during and after discharge.
12. Superior outcomes. We evaluate each patient on multiple clinical, functional, and patient satisfaction criteria. These outcomes are analyzed during performance improvement team meetings, and enable us to become masters of teamwork. So when we say we offer superior outcomes, we have the data to prove it.