UT Orthopaedic Center sees increasing numberWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pain doesn’t wait.
That’s the philosophy of the staff at the new UT Orthopaedic Center as they near their one-year anniversary.
The 24-hour appointment guarantee began last September, before the dedication of the $5.8 million facility in October. The facility was part of the hospital previously, but due to the high volume of patients, the Orthopaedic Center was created for increased patient comfort and satisfaction.
“If it is an emergency, come now, but say you have arthritis, call today, we will see you tomorrow, not in four weeks, six weeks,” said Dr. Nabil Ebraheim, chairman and professor of orthopaedics.
The center has seen more than 23,000 patients since opening in October, according to David Kubacki, administrative assistant to the chairman of orthopaedics. There has been approximately a 25 percent average increase in the total number of patients per month in 2008 compared to 2007. Of the 23,000 total patients seen since opening in October, more than 6,000 have been new patients.
If a patient calls at 4 p.m. on Friday and is in pain, Dr. Ebraheim says, “come on over,” Kubacki said.
Located on the Health Science Campus of The University of Toledo, the Orthopaedic Center is adjacent to the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, providing access to patients from the initial consultation to outpatient surgery to physical therapy, depending on their needs.
Ebraheim said 10 doctors are on staff “for every joint in the body.”
The center offers the convenience of having everything in one place, including imaging and radiology, exam and procedure rooms, physical therapy and patient education. Patient soon can set up appointments via e-mail, and there’s an enhanced concierge service to help families coordinate directions, parking information, hotel reservations and local restaurant information.
“Patients enjoy having easy access to world class physicians,” Kubacki said in a statement. “In addition, they have every service in one convenient, patient-centered building. We’ve eliminated the traditional barriers to orthopaedic care with the opening of the Orthopaedic Center.”
For more information, visit http://utmc.utoledo.edu or call (419) 383-BONE.