Hospital gowns are out and workout clothes are in on Baptist Health Louisville's Orthopedic Unit.
With a new focus on wellness, patients will be encouraged to take charge of their recovery and get moving – both in the hospital and once they go home.
Patients select a coach who comes with them to a surgery preparation class, then guides them through recovery. Coaches are key to encouraging patients to get moving, and continue once they return home.
Patients get dressed every day, donning loose-fitting clothing suitable for daily physical therapy sessions. Group therapy is conducted in the nearby Physical Therapy gym to develop camaraderie among the patients and some spirit of competition.
The two 24-bed orthopedic units are located on the seventh and eighth floors of Baptist Health Louisville's Park Tower. The units care for patients undergoing treatment, or recovering from surgery, including:
- Total joint replacement, knee, hip and shoulder
- Hip and ankle fractures
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction
- Rotator cuff repair
- Sports injuries
Orthopedic patients are cared for by nurses specially trained in orthopedics. Patient surveys consistently show a high level of satisfaction with the personal care and attention received.