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3/20/2007 - Asheville Hospital News
by Kevin Litwin

Mission Hospitals earns national recognition for orthopedic care. Mission Hospitals has been recognized by the world specifically, by U.S. News & World Report. For 2006, the respected magazine named Mission as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic care. Hospitals were rated on national reputation, good patient outcomes, nurse-to-patient ratio, treatment of orthopedic trauma care within the organization and use of technology.

The high ranking for us is quite prestigious because we are up there with hospitals in big cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston, says Dr. Stephen David, chairman of the orthopedic surgery service line at Mission Hospitals. Mission is a regional hospital that tends to a significant number of orthopedic procedures each year. In fact, we perform about 9,000 inpatient and outpatient orthopedic surgeries annually.

David says orthopedic surgeons from several private practice groups in Asheville come together to work well as a team at Mission.

The services we offer include joint replacement, trauma treatment, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatric orthopedic surgery, as well as specific treatment for the foot and ankle, hand, shoulder and spine, he says.

For example, in the area of joint replacement, David says Mission uses sophisticated techniques and space-age material implants to replace damaged hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and fingers.

Even individuals with late-stage arthritis of the knees and hips can receive help from our orthopedic department, often allowing such patients to lead active lives instead of being confined to wheelchairs, he says.

Jim Miller, vice president of clinical operations for Mission Hospitals, says another positive aspect of the orthopedic department is that it has reached nurse magnet status.

That refers to a department certification obtained through the American Nurses Association, citing professionalism in terms of patient care and health-care services, Miller says. It is one of the highest achievements a hospital can attain in the nursing field. In fact, the U.S. News & World Report ranking also recognized us for our nurse magnet certification.

Miller adds that Mission Hospitals has the latest and greatest in technology to deal with any orthopedic situation.

We have cutting-edge technology along with two trauma orthopedic surgeons on staff who can deal with car-wreck injuries or any other situations where severe musculoskeletal injuries might have be sustained, he says. Patients are best served at hospitals that perform a large number of procedures, and we certainly do plenty of orthopedic surgeries here at Mission.

Story by Kevin Litwin, Asheville Chamber of Commerce

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