Collaboration Makes it Work
Cohesion is the theme that binds disciplines at the new Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute. It’s a theme that responds, in part, to an expanding body of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal knowledge leading to increased sub-specialization. The Institute, driven by a commitment to patient care, is successfully meeting the challenges of today’s practice environment in a collaborative multi-disciplinary program that pairs specialization with shared intellect.
“While sub-specialization has enhanced treatment in many ways, it can cause caregivers to become isolated within specific areas of interest,” says Kevin Black, M.D., professor and C. McCollister Evarts Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and director of the Bone and Joint Institute. “Our Institute embodies a conscious effort to avoid fragmentation and to maintain the kind of integration that best serves our patients.”
Opened in March of 2008 and housed in a two-story 165,000-square-foot building on Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s East Health Campus, the Bone and Joint Institute includes all orthopaedic specialties as well as rheumatology, sports medicine, rehabilitation, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies. An underwater treadmill, a relatively new therapeutic advance available in only a few centers, allows patients to remain active in the water, which reduces stress and speeds recovery. Radiology services, including MRI and CT scanning, are also located in the building, as is the Penn State Hershey Spine Center—a collaboration between the Bone and Joint Institute and the Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute which enables consultation among physicians in the various specialties.