Meet The Mako: Cleveland Clinic Toys With New Surgical Tool

Digital models of a bone are illuminated on a medium-sized screen in the surgery suite at Lutheran Hospital. Dr. Robert Molloy points to a marking and says, "That's actually bone jutting up there." He says that the robot behind us, a new technology being used in knee replacement surgery, helped him map out the interior of this knee and would help him operate on it.

Lutheran Hospital Uses Robotic Technology in Joint Replacement Surgery

Orthopedic surgeons at Cleveland Clinic's Lutheran Hospital recently began using robotic-assisted technology in joint replacement surgery, according to a news release. The technology is an option for patients with osteoarthritis — degenerative joint disease and the most common cause of walking-related disability in people over the age of 65 — or other conditions that have led to bone-on-bone arthritis or loss of cartilage in a hip or knee joint, according to the release. Specifically, it is for patients who haven't had success with non-operative intervention, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, braces, activity modification, weight loss or injections.

Lutheran Hospital is a 2017 Recipient of the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award

Lutheran Hospital was one of nine Community Hospitals selected from across the nation for the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. This award is given annually to academic medical center and community hospital members that demonstrate superior performance, as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, which has been conducted annually since 2005.

Byron Jobe, president and chief administrative and financial officer for Vizient said, “this year’s winners demonstrate how leadership, collaboration, adaptability and the use of advanced analytics can create the shared sense of purpose that leads to improved performance across the care continuum. Congratulations to each winning organization.”

Vizient is an alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers and affiliated community hospitals.

Lutheran Hospital Earns Top Performer Recognition from Joint Commission 

The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, has recognized Lutheran Hospital as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2014. Lutheran Hospital was recognized for achieving excellence in performance for pneumonia and surgical care measure sets.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for performing on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. Lutheran Hospital is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction. 

In order to be named a Top Performer, a hospital must: 

  1. Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 
  2. Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 
  3. Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures

This achievement demonstrates our commitment to assuring that our patients receive high quality, evidence-based care. 

NICHE Nursing at Lutheran Hospital

NICHE, Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, is the nation’s leading nurse-driven program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. The program’s overarching goal is to achieve systematic change that will benefit care for all patients over the age of 65.

To aid hospitals and healthcare facilities in creating an environment of sensitive and exemplary geriatric care, NICHE provides the guiding principles and resources necessary to stimulate cultural change. The program increases awareness of geriatric issues, improves staff competence in nursing care of the elderly and supports the implementation of hospital geriatric protocols.

Hospitals that have been NICHE-designated are among those that demonstrate superior organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience and supporting community service efforts.

Lutheran Hospital is proud to have become a NICHE designated facility in November 2015.



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DOLORES: Leader, Activist, Feminist, Mother.

Join us Thursday, May 3, 2018 for this complimentary screening of the award winning documentary, DOLORES: Leader, Activist, Feminist, Mother.

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87.

Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: Networking/appetizers/cocktails: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Program and Movie*: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

* The movie will be in English with Spanish subtitles

Event is Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hispanic Roundtable, LATINA, Inc., and Hispanic Alliance Incorporated.

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Continuing Medical Education

Register Now for The Cutting Edge
The 18th Annual New Technology in Upper Extremity Surgery: The Cutting Edge CME will be held from May 6 – 8, 2018 in the Castele Learning Center of Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital. Information for this CME is below.

Course Description
This program will demonstrate new techniques and instrumentation for shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand reconstruction and provide a valuable international forum for global scientific exchange among surgeons and researchers who are interested in upper extremity biomechanics and its clinical applications.

Target Audience
This course is designed for practicing orthopaedic surgeons, hand and upper extremity, plastic surgeons, orthopaedic surgery residents/fellows, physician assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, registered nurses, orthopaedic surgery assistants, scrub technologists, surgical assistants, orthopaedic technicians, scientists/engineers (biomechanics of the hand/wrist).

Course Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the spectrum of techniques currently available for upper extremity reconstruction
  • Define alternative techniques for reconstruction of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Discuss the role of the management of acute and chronic pathology and derangement of the structures of the upper limb using traditional as well as new reparative and reconstructive techniques.
  • Discuss the role of the acute prosthetic replacement management of upper extremity problems
  • Identify and review the latest research on hand and upper extremity biomechanics from around the globe

Accreditation Statement
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Faculty Disclosure
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education has implemented a policy to comply with the current Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support requiring resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest. Faculty declaring a relevant commercial interest will be identified in the activity syllabus.

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