holiday season is a time for giving thanks and reflection… of looking
forward to the year ahead and the possibilities of what it might bring.
Thanks to generous and caring friends like you, our impact on the
community in 2012 was significant.
This past year we performed more than 5,000 cardiac procedures, replaced
nearly 1,200 joints, and treated almost 65,000 inpatients and
outpatients with everything from broken bones to the most life
threatening diseases. Our Emergency Department visits alone numbered
Yet despite these impressive numbers, we never forget that behind each
of these statistics is a person – someone sick and hurting in need of
expert healing and compassionate care.
I hope you will take a moment to consider what is being done every day
and night at The Miriam Hospital. The sound of ambulance sirens is a
constant… a never ending reminder to all of us here at the hospital that
we must always be ready with our best -- and nothing less.
There is little question that the hospital will be very busy again
during the coming winter, especially the Emergency Department. People
with a host of injuries and illnesses will come through our doors
because they know that our staff of Magnet award winning nurses and
world-class doctors will do everything possible to make them well again.
We are very proud that each year more people in Rhode Island and the
surrounding communities turn to us for help. But the simple truth
is, all of our services depend upon the generosity of people who care
enough to give.
The new Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital, which held its grand opening on November 14, provides patients with the most advanced procedures and rehabilitation to treat hips, knees and shoulders damaged by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, injury or other joint disorders.
The Total Joint Center is the first essential element in creating an Orthopedic Institute that will also span both The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital campuses. While a broad range of orthopedic services will continue to be offered at Rhode Island Hospital, the opening of the joint center at The Miriam Hospital recognizes the growing need to focus centers of excellence at a single campus to deliver the highest quality of care and the best patient experience.
"As we know, the baby boom generation continues to pursue rigorous activities in midlife, and we have also seen a rise in sports-related injuries," says Timothy J. Babineau, MD, President and CEO, Lifespan, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. "As a result, the demand has increased for world-class orthopedic expertise and research for joint replacement surgery."
Generous donors at the 2011 Miriam Hospital gala in May raised more than $440,000 to launch this new center of excellence.
"Our goal is to restore patients to normal function with the ability to move freely and without pain throughout life," says John Froehlich, MD, the center's director. "The center's personalized caring environment is augmented by the full resources of our academic medical center."
State-of-the-art operating rooms are custom designed for specialized operations, and pre- and post-operative care units are designed for efficient patient care and flow. The operating rooms feature high definition monitors and full digital integration for minimally invasive surgery, as well as a navigation system for total joint replacement surgery.
"Multidisciplinary medical teams, including surgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, and rehabilitation therapists, work with patients every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up care," says Froehlich.
As faculty members of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the center's physicians train the next generation of orthopedic surgeons and are actively engaged in research to develop new and ever more effective treatments. Patients are offered access to promising new treatments as participants in clinical trials.
The Miriam Hospital, with the Comprehensive Cancer Centers, hosted Cancer Survivors Day at Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence on September 18. The generous support of the Victor and Gussie Baxt Fund made possible this important event.
Visitors learned about the latest treatments from physicians, including Peter Quesenberry, MD, Fred Schiffman, MD, and William Sikov, MD, of the Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital. Nutrition expert Mary Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN, answered nutrition questions. This family-oriented event featured face painting and balloon animals for children.
"Having cancer is a unique experience for every patient and every family. Like most experiences in life, no two people experience cancer the exact same way. Likewise, the Cancer Survivors Day event may mean something a little different to each participant," said Quesenberry in his opening remarks. "But everyone here-every cancer survivor, every family member, every friend, every caregiver-is here today to celebrate life and share hope."