Jan 10, 2022 Monmouth Medical Center Receives National Recognition of Excellence of Joint and Spine Center

Joint and Spine Certification

Shown from left, Jason Cohen, M.D., Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, David Chalnick, M.D., Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Surgery Program, and Nicole Wilps RN BSN, Program Coordinator and Dana Delatush RN, MSN AGPCNP-BC, Director of patient care for the hospital’s Joint Replacement and Spine Center.

Long Branch, NJ, January 10, 2022 – Monmouth Medical Center’s Joint Replacement and Spine Center provides world-class care and treatment options to patients who have experienced pain and limitation of permanent and progressive damage to the hips, knees, shoulders and spine.

In recognition of the program’s commitment to excellence in providing care for joint replacement and spine surgery patients, Monmouth Medical Center has successfully achieved Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for total hip, total knee, and spine surgery.

“Joint Commission Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery evaluates these services with the evidence-based proof of clinical quality sought by patients,” says Jason Cohen, M.D., Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and spine surgeon at Monmouth Medical Center. “For patients, whether their pain is due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, or other joint or spine disorders, they will find life-changing relief under the care of our highly experienced board-certified, fellowship trained joint and spine specialists.”

In once again achieving this certification, which the hospital has held for 10 years, Dr. Cohen notes that Monmouth Medical Center received incredibly positive feedback from the Joint Commission surveyor.

“The surveyor was impressed with the surgeon/physician commitment to the program and hospital leadership support to invest in Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification since 2011,” Dr. Cohen says. “They also praised our strong High Reliability Organization (HRO) culture and Preferred Provider Network as best practice, as well as the strength of Case Management, and amazing, knowledgeable and dedicated staff in our OR and on our inpatient unit.”

Additionally, Nicole Wilps, RN, BSN, Program Director for the Joint Replacement and Spine Center, was recognized for excellence as both the program’s coordinator and as patient navigator. “Nicole serves as the patient’s personal navigator and liaison with their orthopaedic surgeon to coordinate care from the preoperative class through hospital stay and discharge,” Dr. Cohen states

“Our comprehensive, coordinated Joint Replacement Program and dedicated Spine Center delivers unparalleled expertise — led by surgeons who have performed thousands of joint replacement and spine procedures with the lowest infection and complication rates and outstanding outcomes,” Dr. Cohen says. “Our numbers say it best, with the leading pain management and outstanding patient satisfaction scores in the state. We offer individualized care plans for pain management and a designated inpatient unit that is staffed by nurses and therapists who specialize in the care of spine and joint patients.

“We also lead the region in high volume high volume complex spine surgeries and revisional spine procedures, and we were among the first two hospitals in New Jersey to introduce cutting-edge robotic technology for minimally invasive spine surgery,” he adds.

Dr. Cohen notes that in addition to dedication to the highest quality patient-centered care, MMC uses the latest medical advances to provide patients with a safe, fast recovery and shortest possible hospital stay. In fact, the hospital introduced a Fast Track Joint Replacement Surgery Program in February 2020, which uses minimally invasive surgical techniques and ‘lighter’ anesthesia to enable safe discharge soon after surgery.

“Fast Track patients arrive at the hospital early in the morning, have the surgery, then head to physical therapy to ensure that they can be safely discharged, and if all goes smoothly, they can go home in the afternoon,” says David Chalnick, MD, Medical Director of Joint Replacement Surgery. “Patients are very excited about this —it’s a very pleasant experience.”

Additionally, to provide the safest possible experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, Monmouth introduced virtual preoperative education classes for its joint and spine surgery patients.

To learn more, visit rwjbh.org/mmcjointandspine.

CONTACT: Kathy Horan
(732) 546-6317