KALAMAZOO, MI – Lynne Perg, 65, Kalamazoo, can walk her dog, climb stairs in her home and get a pain-free, good night’s sleep again. Borgess Bone & Joint Institute professionals, along with medical technology from Stryker Corporation, put Lynne Perg’s debilitating pain to rest with knee replacement surgeries in 2012.
Thousands of southwest Michigan residents have come to the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute for orthopedic excellence since Dr. Homer Stryker opened his Borgess office in 1940. Stryker Corporation now recognizes the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute for its high-quality orthopedic care by naming Borgess a “Center for Advanced Recovery” facility in joint replacement–the first hospital in the world to receive this honor.
High-quality patient care
“To award this designation, we assessed both clinical outcomes and nonclinical measures, such as patient satisfaction, surgeon engagement, overall efficiency and resource allocation within the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute,” said Wayne Dahlberg, President, Performance Solutions. “We observed high quality care at each step of the Borgess care continuum.”
“We congratulate Borgess on this achievement” said Kevin A. Lobo, President & CEO, Stryker Corporation, “which recognizes their strong commitment to the advancement of patient care.”
A shared history
“Borgess Medical Center is where the Stryker Corporation was born in 1940,” said Paul Spaude, President & CEO, Borgess Health. “Dr. Homer Stryker was one of the area’s first orthopedic surgeons and his office was located within Borgess. Dr. Stryker created new patient care medical devices at Borgess during his after hours. For instance, Dr. Stryker and his wife, Mary Jane, developed and sewed the canvas slings and padding for the innovative turning frame that became the internationally renown Stryker ‘circular bed’ for orthopedic patients.”
Dr. Homer Stryker and the Stryker Corporation have always been part of Borgess, according to Spaude.
The Stryker Center
“Because of Dr. Stryker’s affiliation with Borgess, we named our 130,000-square-foot outpatient ambulatory care addition, ‘The Stryker Center’,” Spaude said. “It was the logical name for one of the largest and most creative expansions in the history of Borgess Health. The Stryker name has also graced other patient units and buildings on the Borgess Medical Center campus.
“It’s interesting to note that Dr. Stryker once had an office on our fifth floor, close to where some of our latest efforts with Stryker Corporation are now located,” Spaude said.
Providing exceptional patient experiences, like that of Lynne Perg, is the joint goal of the Stryker Corporation and Borgess Health, according to Todd Ream, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Borgess Orthopedics, part of the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute.
“Lynne Perg couldn’t move without a cane or a walker,” Dr. Ream said. “The knee replacement devices and tools used in Lynne Perg’s surgery were produced by the Stryker Corporation. Like Lynne, countless patients throughout the world benefit from Stryker innovations. The pain-free and improved mobility results clearly show Lynne’s an active person once again.”
Every step is appreciated
“My new Stryker ‘GetAroundKnee’ allows me to actually play with my grandchildren,” said Perg. “After suffering immobilizing pain for 10 years, I appreciate every step, every day.”
For more information on the Stryker Center for Advanced Recovery | Joint designation for the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute, visit bonejoint.borgess.com.