The Orthopedic team at Atrium Medical Center brings years of experience, compassion, and knowledge to provide outstanding patient care.
Key Members of the Care Team
While patients are in the hospital, our highly-trained specialists will provide care and education before, during, and after surgery or treatment to ensure a smooth, quick transition home and a successful recovery.
Members of the care team include:
Orthopedic Surgeon - performs pre-surgery assessment and any necessary tests. He or she will perform surgery and direct care in both the hospital and outpatient settings. The surgeon, or surgeon’s partners, visit patients on a regular basis during the hospital stay, and will examine and assess patients during follow-up office visits.
Surgeons that are fellowship-trained have attained the highest level of expertise and training available in the medical field.
Orthopedic surgical resident - participates with the physician and care team. This gives the physician an extra pair of experienced hands to facilitate surgical care.
Hospitalist – board-certified internal medicine physician who works only in the hospital and are professionals in caring for complicated hospitalized patients. They often partner with surgeons in patient care.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Physiatrists - a medical doctor that specializes in diagnosis, treatment and management for conditions of the musculoskeletal system. This trained specialist directs a rehabilitation plan that provides the best possible outcome focusing on getting the patient back to the life they love.
Anesthesia care team - meets with patients just before surgery. After reviewing and assessing the patient’s medical history and current state of health, he or she will determine the medications required to keep the patient comfortable throughout surgery. After surgery, he or she will bring the patient to a conscious state, monitor their vital signs, and ensure that the necessary pain medication is administered. Anesthesiologists determine when the patient is ready to leave the recovery room.
Orthopedic clinical nurse specialist - is a specially-trained advanced practice nurse who works closely with the surgeon and nursing staff to make sure patients receive quality care. The clinical nurse specialist will also be part of the preoperative class for patients having joint replacement surgery.
Nurse manger – manages the nursing staff and other caregivers to ensure that the patients receive quality care. Our goal is to provide a pleasant stay and quick recovery.
Registered nurse – provides nursing care and directs the patient care technicians. The nurse also keeps the doctor and nurse manager up-to-date on any special needs or requests the patient may have. Our nurses have special training in the care of patients with orthopedic conditions.
Patient care technician – helps patients with activities of daily living, such as bathing, toileting, and walking during the hospital stay. Patient care technicians work alongside nurses and report to them on all issues related to patient care.
Physical therapist – dedicated licensed professional therapists, many with doctoral degrees, skilled in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions that affect a patient's ability to function.
Occupational therapist - helps patients learn safe ways to do everyday activities, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
Discharge Planner (Social work and/or Case Manager) - works closely with doctors and nurses. They organize the patient’s care while in the hospital and help coordinate special services or equipment. In some instances they help families locate community resources; assist in crisis interventions, provide counseling, educate patients about their diagnosis, and respond to the unique needs of families before the patient is discharged. They also provide information and resources for the patient and their family to prepare for transition.
Content Updated: November 7, 2014