Contact: Barbara Bauder BAH, Chief Development Officer Phone (541) 269-8543

Coos Bay, Ore.— Bay Area Hospital is proud to announce the opening of the new Joint Replacement Destination Center. The center caters specifically to knee and hip replacement patients and aims for exceptional patient experiences and superior clinical outcomes.

Located in the Post-Surgical Unit of the hospital, the center is comprised of all private rooms, and a separate group physical therapy gym and activities room. Dedicated nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy staff are at hand to provide seamless coordinated care.

The Joint Replacement Destination Center has a distinct focus on patient education. At Bay Area Hospital, we believe a patient’s understanding and knowledge of what to expect during a surgical experience can lead to better outcomes. At our new center, patients will attend a class one to two weeks before surgery and another just before leaving the hospital to ensure they know what to expect each step of the way. Additionally, patients are encouraged to bring a friend or family member with them to act as their “coach.”

“I think it’s just a very comprehensive approach to joint replacement,” says Orthopedic Nurse Navigator Gary Solcedo RN, ONC. “It’s been really rewarding to see the program so far. Patients are up in the morning in the recliner, they’re in their own clothes. We consider this a wellness program.”

In 2016, nearly 30 percent of all surgeries at BAH were orthopedic operations performed by the Joint and Spine Care Center, and the workload could increase even more in the future. As the baby boomer population ages, Health Care professionals are expecting an increased demand for orthopedic surgeries– such as shoulder, knee, hip, and spine procedures. Our new center will ensure these patients are given the education and support they need to make as smooth a recovery as possible.

The public and members of the media are invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Thursday April 20, at 4:30 p.m. Join us in the third floor alcove to learn more about the center and the services we provide. For more information contact Barbara Bauder at 541-269-8543 or Hannah Kintner at 541-267-1991.