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Swedish Orthopedic Institute Opens in Seattle
Date:6/3/2008

s and the many other bones in the body. The Institute even has affiliated surgeons who specialize in the removal of tumors of the bone.

"There's new evidence coming out in the medical literature showing that patients at specialized orthopedic facilities have better clinical outcomes," said James Crutcher, M.D., chief of Orthopedics. "Now we can provide this level of care to the ever-increasing numbers of patients who need surgery for their worn out joints and spines. Nearly 30 percent of Swedish's orthopedic patients already hail from outside of King and Snohomish counties and that number will certainly grow."

SOI was designed as an efficient and technologically advanced facility that is comfortable for patients, surgeons, anesthesiologists, therapists and staff.

"We promised the community a dedicated facility that represents the gold standard in orthopedic care and we have created exactly that," said Heidi Aylsworth, SOI administrative director. "Physicians and staff here will have access to the latest in medical technology and information systems in an efficient yet patient-centered environment."

A public open house at SOI is planned on Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the first surgery is scheduled for Monday, June 23.

A New Approach

SOI is unlike a traditional hospital setting in many ways. It is closer to the birthing suite model, where families can be with the patient in a natural environment. Patients will have access to extensive clinical education and rooms that feature wireless Internet access, DVD players, flat-screen televisions, and room service-style food service. The unique environment will also allow patients to get up, move around, exercise and socialize with others during recovery, not stay isolated in their rooms.

Swedish calls its treatment process for joint-replacement patients the 'Joint Journey,' which is a comprehensive educational program to guide patients through each step of the
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