NorthShore University HealthSystem Creates New Health Care Model with Opening of Illinois’ Only Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital
7/17/2019—NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has opened the only orthopaedic specialty hospital in Illinois with a focus on providing advanced orthopaedic and spine care for the growing number of Americans in need of expert bone, joint, and spine services.
With disorders affecting bones and joints, including arthritis, as the leading cause of chronic pain and disability, the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie, is designed for outpatient and inpatient procedures, including joint replacement, fracture care and complex spine surgeries. From diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and recovery, more than 100 orthopaedic and spine specialists deliver the latest in advanced medicine, pain management and customized care to patients from across the country.
“Nationally, we’re seeing a massive shift in healthcare delivery from a volume-based to value-based care payment model, which has left community hospitals searching for new and unique ways to provide quality care beyond the traditional ‘one-size-fits-all’ model,” said David N. Rahija, President of NorthShore Skokie Hospital. “Our research has shown that patients are willing to drive past other hospitals and providers for expert orthopaedic and spine care at the level we are providing.”
NorthShore is well positioned to pioneer this new specialty hospital model as a leader in the Chicago region for orthopaedic and spine surgery. With the delivery of such care to more than 11,000 patients in 2018, the system experienced a notable 42 percent growth over the past six years.
“NorthShore has a track record of delivering the highest quality care in orthopaedic surgery, and we are bringing this expertise under a single roof to provide the best possible healing environment for patients, focused on their needs,” said Jason Koh, MD, MBA, Director of the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and Mark R. Neaman Family Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at NorthShore.
The Institute’s specialized teams are comprised of orthopaedic and spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. All inpatient beds and high-tech operating rooms are managed by clinical teams trained exclusively in this area of medicine.