Orthopaedic Surgery Center of Illinois Wins Prestigious Press Ganey Award

By Leo Ludwig, M.D.2014-guardianaward-hires

As the medical director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Center of Illinois (OSCI), it is my pleasure to present to you our yearly quality report card. OSCI is located across the street from the Orthopedic Center of Illinois in the Koke Mill Medical Center.

On a yearly basis, we evaluate our case types and volumes, certain quality reports, as well as patient satisfaction. This data is analyzed with the goal of providing our patients with the best quality outpatient experience and outcomes. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is drastically changing the landscape of medical practice in the United States and is more closely monitoring healthcare facilities to provide the highest quality care at the lowest price. OSCI is excelling at this goal.

OSCI utilizes the nationally recognized Press Ganey satisfaction survey to measure patient satisfaction. I am proud to announce that OSCI, for the second year in a row, has been awarded the 2014 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. Press Ganey has more than 10,000 clients nationally and less than 5% received this award, which is given to healthcare facilities that rank above the 95th percentile in patient satisfaction for 12 consecutive months. OSCI is the only facility in Central Illinois to receive this designation. This award is a tribute to the care provided by the staff and physicians at OSCI.

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More than 3,000 patients annually receive healthcare services at OSCI. As you can see in the graph, the most common surgical procedures performed are arthroscopic procedures of the knee and shoulder. Various hand surgeries, as well as fixation of bone fractures, are other common procedures. Newer procedures such as hip arthroscopy and outpatient spine surgery continue to grow in volume. Additionally, our pain management physicians are busy performing lumbar and cervical epidural steroid injections. In 2014, we began to offer cataract surgery and the program has been very successful with 225 cataract surgeries completed.

From a quality standpoint, 100% of the patients undergo a safe surgery checklist, 100% receive appropriate and timely antibiotics to help prevent infection, the complication rate is less than 1%, and the infection rate is less than 1%. In addition, the cost of providing care for these procedures at OSCI is significantly less expensive than the services provided in a hospital outpatient surgical department. As you can see, providing high quality care in a lower-cost facility is exactly what is necessary in today’s healthcare environment. If you, a family member, or friend requires one of these outpatient procedures, please talk with your physician about the possibility of having your procedure at OSCI.

LeoLudwig copyDr. Leo Ludwig is Medical Director at OSCI and a surgeon at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. His special areas of interest are shoulder surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, and minimally invasive total joint replacement.

Only 10 Days Left to Apply for OCIF $1,000 Scholarship

Scholarship_edit_wbOnly 10 days remain to apply for the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) annual $1,000 Scholarship! The scholarship will recognize a graduating high school senior in Sangamon County who is beginning college in the fall and majoring in a health-related field. The scholarship is renewable up to four years.

“The need for employees in health care continues to grow. Through this scholarship, we want to encourage students who are passionate about health care and who might need a little financial help to join the field and contribute in a meaningful way,” said OCIF Board President Ron Romanelli, M.D. “We also find it incredibly important to give back to a community that has supported us for more than 40 years.”

For more information about this opportunity or to download an application, please visit the OCIF website. The deadline to apply is March 27, 2015; the winner will be announced May 8, 2015.

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation supports projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education and regional charitable organizations. Since incorporation in 2005, OCIF has contributed more than $245,000 in scholarships and grants to Springfield area communities.

Reducing Pain with Aqua Therapy

By Caitlin York, Physical Therapist Assistant
Midwest Rehab at OCI

DSC_0073 smallWhether you are eighteen or eighty, aches and pains are a fact of life. Exercising can be uncomfortable but necessary for recovery after injuries or surgery. At times, land based exercises are the right treatment.  However, sometimes they are just too painful.  Aquatic exercise gives an alternative that allows for increased activity with less pain.

No matter your age, aquatic based exercises have many benefits. These benefits include improved flexibility and range of motion, improved cardiovascular stamina, and decreased pressure on the joints due to buoyancy. Buoyancy is the property of water that decreases the effects of gravity on the body.  This allows for weight-bearing exercise with less body weight creating forces on the joints.

The therapeutic pool at Midwest Rehab has an underwater treadmill that can provide further benefits. Research has shown that using an underwater treadmill can help with decreased muscle and joint pain, improved flexibility and even improved sleep patterns.  Even though the winter months are coming, therapeutic pool temperatures range from 90-96 degrees. This warm temperature helps tight muscles relax and allows for better and more natural movement.

Overall, aquatic therapy has many benefits for people of all ages and of all conditions. Even though winter is here, aquatic based exercises can be relaxing and pain free. If you have any questions about the information in this article or would like to talk with a therapist to see if aqua therapy is right for you, we can help. Call Midwest Rehab today to set up a consultation: (217) 547-9108.

This article was published in the January-March 2015 edition of ”FYI from OCI”, a quarterly publication created by the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. To see the full publication, click HERE.