In a recent news release, Northwestern Medicine announced its launch of a multidisciplinary center designed to provide patients all aspects of musculoskeletal care in one location.  The Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care is intended to offer expert care for orhtopaedic and musculoskeletal issues, treatment for sports injuries, and a specialized center for neck, back, and spine. The center features advanced imaging and operating room facilities, and is staffed by a diverse team of medical specialists that include physical therapists, primary care sports medicine physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, neurological surgeons, physiatrists, and a dedicated radiologist.

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Terrance Peabody, MD, chair of the department of orthopaedics and the Edwin Warner Ryerson professor of orthopaedic surgery, explains in the release that the facility’s goal centers on allowing the patient to see the “right specialist at the right time.”

“This model fosters an ideal collaborative environment where a more comprehensive continuum of care helps ensure more accurate diagnoses, better patient outcomes and a streamlined process,” Peabody says.

The release notes that the center uses a model for spine care in which orthopaedic surgeons and neurological surgeons practice in the same clinic and collaborate to provide enhanced patient care. Its layout is also built minimize the amount of walking and standing required for patients.

Peabody states that “Everything that the patient needs is in the same location including attached parking and an expedited check in process. They will have all their care in one place from their initial appointment and imaging to any necessary therapies and surgeries, as well as rehabilitation and physical therapy.”

The center also features an education space to prep patients for total joint replacement surgery, as well as a physical therapy and rehabilitation gym.

The center is housed at 259 E. Erie Street in a new one million square foot outpatient pavilion on the health system’s downtown medical campus, home to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Source: Northwestern Medicine