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Weiss Memorial Hospital Redefines the Practice of Orthopedics

Sep 23, 2010

New Chicago Center for Orthopedics makes the patient experience the priority

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Karyn Odway
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CHICAGO (Sept. 27, 2010) – A team of 25 top surgeons offering a full array of orthopedic specialties at Weiss Memorial Hospital has joined together to create the Chicago Center for Orthopedics (CCO). The state-of-the-art approach to the practice of orthopedics meets the needs of the growing number of patients seeking a high level of orthopedic care in Chicago.

“Weiss is bolstered by physicians with academic affiliations, which gives us access to the latest technology and research,” said Frank Molinaro, chief executive officer at Weiss. “Our experienced surgeons, each with strong individual reputations, take a team approach to give our patients the exceptional care they deserve.” 

Orthopedic surgeons from prestigious academic institutions such as the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University, as well as from private practice, perform inpatient and outpatient procedures at Weiss and comprise the new CCO.

“We’re redefining the practice of orthopedics by making the patient’s experience our priority,” said Dr. Henry Finn, medical director of the CCO, chairman of surgery at Weiss and professor of surgery at the University of Chicago. “Our team approach utilizes clinicians and specialists dedicated to orthopedics in a unique way, which results in excellent outcomes.”

The CCO at Weiss covers all specialties in orthopedics—hip and knee replacement, sports medicine, spine, upper extremity (shoulder & elbow), orthopedic oncology, hand, and foot and ankle. Its team of physicians is educating the next generation of orthopedic surgeons with three fellows and nine residents.  

Some of the center’s more minimally invasive-driven procedures include hip and knee preservation, restorative cartilage transplant and joint replacement. Surgeons from around the world visit the center to learn CCO surgeons’ techniques.

A number of professional athletic organizations turn to CCO physicians for care, including the Women’s National Basketball Association Chicago Sky and the Women’s Professional Soccer Chicago Red Stars, as well as the prestigious dance troupe, Joffrey Ballet.

dedicated orthopedic floor gives patients access to private rooms with a warm environment overlooking Lake Michigan. Concierge-like services are part of hospital stays. They include a joint and spine care coordinator who is with patients every step of the way, and a patient experience manager who makes sure patients get excellent service during their time at the hospital. Weiss’ orthopedics unit boasts a 95 percent patient satisfaction rating.

“We have physicians and nurses who are passionate about orthopedics, and it shows in the extraordinary level of care we deliver,” said Lynette Wilkos-Prostran, RN, MSN, orthopedics service line director for the CCO at Weiss. “There is an enhanced emphasis on the patient experience here.”

The development of the center comes at a time when there’s a growing demand for more specialized care from an increasingly aging and more active population. Many baby boomers put more pressure on their joints, in part, because they have an active lifestyle, which leads to an increased risk of osteoarthritis and injury.

  • More than 30 million Americans suffer from painful arthritis in their joints, osteoarthritis, which is the leading cause of total joint replacements; by 2030, that number is expected to reach 67 million.
  • More than 700,000 first time total hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the United States; demand for the surgery is expected to double in the next 10 years.
  • Revision joint replacement, which involves the repair or replacement of the artificial joint, will double by 2015 for total knee replacements and by 2026 for total hip replacements.
  • More than 65 Americans experience low back pain, the most common pain reported and the most common cause of job-related disability. An estimated 300,000 discectomies (the removal of a herniated disc or disc fragments) are performed each year and about 250,000 spinal fusions are done annually.
  • More than 2.5 million Americans go to the emergency room for sports-related injuries every year. Here is how the numbers break out by sport: basketball—512,213; bicycling—485,669; football—418,260; soccer—174, 686; baseball—155,898; golf—47,360.

Convenient, same-day orthopedic procedures complement innovative operations being performed at the CCO at Weiss.

  • Rapid-recovery techniques are helping patients with complicated and revisional joint replacement surgeries walk the next day with little to no pain.
  • Conservative and surgical approaches for everything from back strains to complicated adult scoliosis are helping patients stand tall again.
  • A new hip preservation technique is repairing labral tears, advancing the treatment of the hip like no other time in history.
  • Restorative cartilage transplants are putting athletes—professional and amateur—with shoulder, hand or foot injuries back in the game.

For more information on the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss, visit or call (888) 503-ORTHO for a physician referral.