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The Joint Replacement Program is a dedicated unit with its own specialized staff within Frederick Memorial Hospital, specifically designed for joint replacement, recovery and rehabilitation.

Joint Works at FMH blends the talents of a team of experienced and expert clinical professionals - physicians, nurses and rehabilitation therapists - who treat joint replacement patients every day, delivering the highest quality care. 

The Program uses a patient friendly, efficient clinical program model, developed specifically for the joint replacement patient and their family. 

Why choose Joint Works at FMH?

  • We offer quality care through the latest evidence-based practice available.
  • We partner with you, the patient, to ensure you are fully informed about how to be successful before, during and after your surgery.
  • We begin the process with a three-hour mandatory educational class covering all aspects of the Joint Works experience.
  • We offer more than four hours of group physical and occupational therapy as well as two individual sessions.
  • We have a dedicated Joint Works Coordinator available to answer any questions you may have.
  • Compared nationally, we have a below-average rate of infections and other complications.
  • Our patients say it best -- our Patient Satisfaction Scores are consistently above the 90th percentile!

The Joint Works is located in a 21-bed unit that features a rehabilitation gym and community room with computer access. We also offer our patients and their coaches a special group session to ensure all discharge questions are answered and addressed.

UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Center in Total Joint Replacement

FMH is proud to receive the UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center Designation in recognition of quality care.

This designation is based on detailed information about specialized training, practice capabilities and outcomes and is designed to help members make informed decisions should they need total joint replacement care.

To receive this designation, FMH met extensive quality and outcomes criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice. The criteria incorporate measurements of breadth and depth of care, staff experience, emergency care, quality and outcomes reporting.

The UnitedHealth Premium designation means that our patients can depend on FMH for conscientious, reliable total joint replacement care.

FMH is a participating hospital in the UnitedHealthcare network but is not owned or otherwise affiliated in any way with UnitedHealthcare: a UnitedHealth Group company.

Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.


"Why live in misery when there's a better way?"

Retired nurse Donna Dawson spent most of her career assisting physicians in the FMH operating room-a demanding job that required hours of standing. Although she dealt with severe pain in her knees daily, her busy schedule kept her from doing much about it. Finally, after she retired in 2008, Donna decided she had suffered long enough.

"I had tried everything possible, and I wasn't getting better," says Donna. "After talking with Dr. Jani, I made the decision to have a total knee replacement."

"This program does more than simply treat a condition," says Joint Works participating surgeon and Orthopaedic Section Chief, Dr. Mihir Jani. "The Joint Works @ FMH promotes long term wellness-through the surgery, the recovery and the rehabilitation. This program is not just a temporary fix-it provides a way for people to truly get better."

As a patient in The Joint Works @ FMH program, Donna and her coach attended the 3-hour pre-surgical education class, where they learned what to expect before, during and after the procedure. Donna credits this extensive preparation-including learning the exercises to do prior to surgery-with her positive experience and excellent outcome.

In fact, says Donna, she was so pleased with the results from her first knee replacement, that she scheduled a second surgery -this time on her left knee-as soon as she could. Now she's such a believer in the life-changing benefits of the procedure that she has served as a coach for several of her friends, to whom she heartily recommended The Joint Works @ FMH.

"My best advice to people who are suffering with knee or hip pain is not to wait too long," says Donna. "Why live in misery when there's a better way?"



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