Knee Care (and More) In Your Neighborhood

doctor examining a patient's knee

Need orthopedic care? A new location in Newport has you covered.

If you’re dealing with a bout of knee (or back or wrist) pain, or any bone or joint problem, the last thing you want is to travel to find treatment—especially if that involves a trip across the Hudson River.

Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), which was designated as a Center of Excellence for Orthopedic Services this year, has opened a second location to help. “In the past, people who lived or worked in the Newport section of the city had to travel to New York for medical care, rather than stay within Hudson County,” says Frank Liporace, MD, Medical Director of JCMC’s Orthopedics Institute. “To meet the needs of our community, we wanted to make sure that we offer high- quality, personalized care close to home."

Located at 100 Town Square Place in Newport, the new location houses orthopedic as well as rehabilitation services. That means physical and occupational therapists can consult with surgeons about modifications in real time. "Having that close communication within the same location and during the same hours is a very significant benefit," says Dr. Liporace.

Growing need

Like JCMC’s main Orthopedic Institute at 355 Grand Street in Jersey City, the new orthopedic practice will offer services to people from all walks of life-those with work-related or sports injuries, as well as patients who need orthopedic services for joint-related conditions.

“We have specialists to meet every orthopedic need. We have a hand surgeon who treats conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, we have a spine surgeon, we have a sports medicine specialist, we have hip and knee replacement surgeons-we cover it all," says Irene Borgen, RN, Vice President, Ambulatory Care Network at JCMC.

In addition, JCMC plans to incorporate specialized post-concussion rehabilitation services at both locations. “Many times, we think of sports injuries as limited to sprains or fractures or ligament injuries, but we’re becoming more aware that many sports injuries involve concussions,” says Dr. Liporace. JCMC’s decision to expand services is closely related to the growing need for orthopedic services in the community. In fact, a market analysis shows that the need will double within 10 years, Borgen says.

“Demand for our orthopedic services at Jersey City Medical Center has grown as our population increases by leaps and bounds, and as area residents start to realize that we offer advanced orthopedic care,” says Dr. Liporace.

The Newport location is part of JCMC’s overall population health strategy, which seeks to make it easier for all Hudson County residents to receive high-quality medical care. “Jersey City Medical Center has redesigned the way we deliver care to extend access to care and to drive health improvement across the community,” says Borgen. “Our goal is to provide the right care, in the right place at the right time.”

For more information about orthopedic services at Jersey City Medical Center, visit www.rwjbh.org/ortho.