St. Vincent Charity Physician First to Utilize Breakthrough Technology For Hip Replacement Surgery

by Editor Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Cleveland, Ohio (May 2, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Dr. Bernard Stulberg recently became the first orthopedic surgeon in the nation to utilize the newly released TSolution One active robotic system to perform total hip replacement surgery.  This revolutionary technology, which enables a surgeon-controlled robot to cut the bone to precise shape and position, is expected to increase the accuracy of hip implant placement and improve long-term outcomes for patients.

With the TSolution One Surgical System, the only active robotic system cleared by the FDA for total hip replacement, surgeons create an exact 3-D computer model of the patient’s hip anatomy prior to surgery.  After verifying the model, surgeons are able to develop a customized surgical plan, selecting the ideal implant size, fit and position for each individual patient.  Once finalized, the pre-operative plan is transferred to the robotic system, where under the surgeon’s direct control, the bone cavities and joint surface are machined and positioned to sub-millimeter and less than one degree accuracy. 

“This technology could be a game changer for orthopedic surgery,” Dr. Stulberg said.  “Advancing and combining previous surgical technologies with improved imaging capability allows surgeons to develop a patient-specific and unique surgical plan prior to surgery. The plan is then executed with the level of precision that only robotics can offer.  That means more accurate placement, less post-surgical pain, and diminished early post-operative complications such as bone fracture and implant dislocation”.

While robotic technology has existed for some time to assist with orthopedic surgery, the TSolution One, developed by THINK Surgical, Inc. in consultation with Dr. Stulberg, is the only one in place in which the robot prepares the cavity for surgery.  With it, Dr. Stulberg said, he is able to create the precise cavity needed to accommodate the implant, allowing for a gentler and safer seating of the implant.  Dr. Stulberg is also leading a clinical trial for use of the TSolution One for total knee replacement surgery.  

“This precise fit creates less opportunity for movement of the implant in bone, thus assuring more predictable attachment,” he said.  “The positioning accuracy enhances the ultimate stability and loads on the implants to allow for increased longevity of the device.”

Despite the excellent overall clinical results of total hip replacement surgery, studies show more than half of all hip replacement implants may not be optimally placed in patients. This leads to instability in the hip joint, excessive wear, increased pain, and a greater risk for bone fracture and loosening. Repetitive dislocation of a hip implant is the leading cause for the need of hip revision surgery. 

Dr. Stulberg has built a reputation within the medical community for his commitment to the safe introduction of new technologies to improve patient outcomes.  Last year, he worked with one of the premier manufacturers of joint restoration products, Exactech, to develop an intuitive, modular parts system for revision total knee replacement. The system can be coupled with computer-based tools to accurately determine the causes of failure of a total knee replacement and guide correction of those abnormalities.  Dr. Stulberg became the first in the nation to utilize this new technology for his patients.  

Prior to his partnership with THINK Surgical and TSolution One, Dr. Stulberg has been working to employ computer-based technologies for hip and knee replacements since the early 1990’s. With the TSolution One robotic approach, Dr. Stulberg will lead the development of a Center for Robotics in Orthopedics with innovative colleagues Dr. Louis Keppler and Dr. Audley Mackel. This team is part of the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St Vincent Charity Medical Center. 

St. Vincent Charity is the only hospital in the Midwest currently certified to use this modern system.


St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality healthcare provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is home to the renowned Spine and Orthopedic Institute and the Center for Bariatric Surgery. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit 

THINK Surgical, Inc. is committed to the future of orthopedic surgery and to improving patient care through the development of leading-edge precision technology. THINK Surgical develops, manufactures, and markets the only active robotic surgical system for orthopedic surgery.


Press Contacts:

Wendy Hoke
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
Office 216.363.7440
Mobile 216.905.1161


St. Vincent Charity board adopts 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

by Editor Thursday, December 29, 2016

CLEVELAND, OH—(December 29, 2016)—St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s commitment to the community it serves is sharpened through its deepened understanding of the breadth and type of health needs present in the community. The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) serves as a quantitative and qualitative tool to identify the greatest health needs within our community and where the hospital can have the greatest impact.The full report is available here.

The 2016 CHNA was completed by The Center for Health Affairs working with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and adopted by the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Board of Directors on December 7, 2016.

The 2016 St. Vincent Charity Medical Center CHNA will serve as a foundation for developing an implementation strategy to address those needs that (a) the hospital determines it is able to meet in whole or in part; (b) are otherwise part of its mission; and (c) are not met (or are not adequately met) by other programs and services in the hospital’s market area. 

This assessment considered multiple data sources, some primary (survey of market area residents, hospital discharge data) and some secondary (regarding demographics, health status indicators, and measures of health care access).

The report provides the following information:

  • ·         A demographic profile of the hospital’s primary and secondary market areas;
  • ·         Description of the economic status of the population, as a whole, within the hospital’s primary and second market areas (e.g.  poverty, unemployment);
  • ·         Community issues which are either related to health and/or access to health care;
  • ·         Health status indicators (e.g. morbidity rates for various diseases and conditions, and mortality rates for leading causes of death);
  • ·         Health access indicators (e.g. uninsured rates, ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) discharges, and use of emergency departments);
  • ·         An outline of the types of health issues related to hospitalization, both in St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and in other area hospitals;
  • ·         Availability of community-based health care facilities and resources.

After a thorough analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center through its Community Benefit Steering Committee identified the following health needs that impact the community served by the hospital as its priorities for the 2017-2019 period. These include:

·         Access to mental health and addiction services

·         Obesity and food insecurity

·         Quality of care focusing on culturally appropriate care, health literacy and access

Work has begun on a three-year strategic implementation plan that will be presented to the St. Vincent Charity Board of Directors for approval in April 2017.

For more information about community benefit, the Community Health Needs Assessment or the CHNA Strategic Implementation Plan, please contact Wendy Hoke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at 

Rosary Hall offering a free educational session on addiction

by Editor Thursday, December 22, 2016

Does a loved one use heroin, pain pills, marijuana, alcohol or other drugs? If so, there is help and there is hope. If you are concerned, plan to attend our FREE educational sessions held the second and fourth Saturday of the month, beginning January 14, 2017.

Addiction is a brain disease that can be treated. Our educational sessions, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rosary Hall, located on the second floor of the West Administration Building on the St. Vincent Charity campus, will help families better understand addiction.

Complimentary parking is available. Lunch is NOT included, but is available in the hospital cafeteria.

Registration is required. Please call Joyce Pleasant at 216-363-2609 or 216-363-2580 ext. 4 to register. You can also email


Tips to enjoy an injury-free summer

by Editor Thursday, June 09, 2016


Summer is upon us, rather suddenly it seems. A snowstorm in late May gave way to what so far has been beautiful weather. Nowhere is this more evident than on the roads and in the parks around Greater Cleveland. 

Our summers are short, so when the opportunity presents itself, we hit the outdoors with a vengeance. Almost overnight the bike lanes are filled up with bicyclists. Joggers are everywhere. The municipal tennis courts are filled, and a golf tee time becomes more difficult to find. 

Even performing yard work—not traditionally thought of as an athletic endeavor—stresses muscles, tendons and joints that have not been stressed since the last days of autumn. As we rush to enjoy the outdoors, and get in some physical activity, hopefully some common sense advice can keep you out of my office. 

As we age, our muscles aren’t as pliable as they were when we were younger. That makes them more prone to muscle strains which can occur as a result of repetitive overuse. This is even more so early in the season, particularly if we haven’t been physically active over the cold winter months.

A gentle stretching regimen will prepare the muscles for physical exertion, and can be done before as well as after the physical activity. Plan to increase your exertion gradually. Rather than going out on that first five mile hike, perhaps a couple of one mile hikes might help to build endurance and strength, as you work yourself up to mid-season form. 

The same applies to yard work. Rather than raking your entire yard of winter debris, break it down into smaller increments. If you find that you have overdone it, and feel aches or pains, do not try to work through it. “No pain, no gain” does not apply to recreational athletes, and certainly does not apply to yard work.

Stop performing the activity that is causing pain. Ice may be applied to the affected body part, and can help to diminish swelling. An elastic wrap, if applicable, can also help to diminish swelling and provide support. Elevation can help to alleviate swelling as well. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can be taken as directed if concurrent medical conditions do not preclude their use. Hopefully these simple tips can help keep you out of my office and enjoying yourself outdoors.

Dr. Matthew Levy, orthopedic surgeon at the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Solon, specializes in general orthopedics and sports medicine. For a consultation, call 440-248-1297.


Advice for marathoners preparing for the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon

by Editor Friday, May 13, 2016


This weekend is the Rite-Aid Cleveland Marathon, so in advance of the race Dr. George Friedhoff, sports medicine physician at the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and a marathoner himself, offers some important tips to stay healthy and improve performance.

Hydration is key and not just on race day. Adequate fluid replacement should start 24 hours prior to the start of the race and continue 24-48 hours after the race. In general, you should consume 120-180 ml of fluid every 15 minutes during the race. Do not skip the appropriately placed water stations on the course.

Avoid long runs the day before the race. You don’t want to show up to the starting line too sore to finish the race. A short run of no more than 3-5 miles at 75 percent of your average pace the day before the race is appropriate but not necessary. Trust your training and hard work. You are prepared!

Complex carbohydrate meal the night before the race is important. Refined carbs in sports drinks and energy gels are not as advantageous as whole foods prior to the race. A good spaghetti dinner is really the best choice. Avoid a heavy meal the morning of the race. A banana with peanut butter is a good option about 30-60 minutes before the start of the race.

Good luck, runners!


#GetCovered through the Health Insurance Marketplace

by Editor Thursday, November 05, 2015

Open enrollment of the Health Insurance Marketplace began on November 1st—are you covered?

A navigator from the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership is now on-site at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to help people learn about their options for health insurance through the marketplace. Open enrollment runs from November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016.

The navigator is available by appointment only on Mondays and Wednesday from 10 am - 4 p.m. in St. Vincent Charity’s Health Care Clinic. To make an appointment, call 216.206.6419 or email