St. Vincent Charity Medical Center expands cardiology department with addition of cardiothoracic surgeon

by Editor Thursday, March 08, 2018

 

(March 2, 2018) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center recently announced that Dr. Dale Levy has joined the organization as cardiothoracic surgeon, expanding the St. Vincent Medical Group to include an open heart and thoracic surgery program. 

“St. Vincent Charity has a rich history of cardiac care dating back to 1950 and we remain dedicated to providing high quality cardiovascular care today,” said Dr. David Perse, president and CEO. “I’m extremely pleased to welcome someone of Dr. Levy’s caliber to our organization and I’m confident his expertise in minimally invasive heart surgery and pulmonary screening will complement our highly skilled cardiovascular team.”

Dr. Levy specializes in open heart surgery with a special interest in bypass and valve surgery, as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures. He also has extensive experience in management of pulmonary nodules and lung cancer screening. 

“Throughout the majority of my career I have had the privilege of working at faith-based healthcare organizations and I’m looking forward to continuing on this path at St. Vincent Charity,” Levy said. “I’m especially excited about the opportunity to bring a new specialized service to St. Vincent Charity with the pulmonary nodule clinic and lung cancer screening.” 

A lung nodule is a spot on the lung that is seen on an X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. According to WebMD.com, a lung nodule shows up on about one in every 500 chest X-rays. The discovery of a nodule on the lung doesn’t necessarily mean cancer and often lung nodules are benign. When a spot on the lung is identified, patients are typically monitored with follow-up surveillance CT scans over the course of two years.

“The availability of pulmonary nodule clinic at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center gives family medicine physicians, primary care physicians and patients another high-quality lung cancer screening option in the Cleveland-area,” Levy said. 

Dr. Levy joins St. Vincent Charity Medical Center from OhioHealth Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he served as chief of the division of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery since 2006. In addition to this role, Dr. Levy also held positions at Blanchard Valley Hospital and Mt. Carmel Hospital. Prior to his time in Columbus, Dr. Levy spent three years as chief of cardiac surgery at St. John Medical Center. 

Dr. Levy completed residencies in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York.

In 1950, Dr. Henry Zimmerman launched the cardiology division at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. Under Dr. Zimmerman, St. Vincent Charity was at the forefront of innovations in cardiac care. In 1956, Dr. Earl Kaye performed the first open-heart surgery in the Midwest, only the third in the country, at St. Vincent Charity. Shortly after, the hospital opened one of the first diagnostic and evaluation laboratories in the Midwest.

About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality health care 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 www.stvincentcharity.com.

Media Contact: Maureen Nagg, 216.363.7440, Maureen.Nagg@stvincentcharity.com  

 

St. Vincent Charity Establishes Pain Management Clinic to Provide Balanced Treatment for Pain

by Editor Tuesday, October 31, 2017

(OCTOBER 31, 2017) — In a comprehensive effort to improve patient overall health and quality of life, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has partnered with Pain Management Group to open a new center offering a balanced treatment plan to address chronic and acute pain.

“Living with pain not only affects a patient’s immediate health, but often has lasting impact on a patient’s overall physical and mental well-being, their family life, and their careers,” said Dr. David Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “In light of the current opioid epidemic plaguing our community, it is critical that we identify effective pain management treatments as an alternative to relying solely on prescription medications.”

The center, which opened Oct. 16, is a department of the hospital providing comprehensive diagnostic and individualized treatment plans that incorporate a variety of modalities, including physical therapy, nerve blocks, spinal injections, medication management and referral for alternative treatment. Acute and chronic conditions treated at St. Vincent Pain Management Center will include those caused by neck and back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pelvic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), nerve damage, as well as pain associated with arthritis, muscle spasms, and shingles.

“Pain can be caused by a complexity of issues, therefore, our treatment plans need to be just as varied, so we identify the most effective means to provide patients long-term relief,” said John Bookmyer, CEO of PMG. “Through this center, St. Vincent can offer some of today’s most advanced treatments, which are more tolerable and minimally invasive to allow patients to get back to activities of their daily lives.”

It is estimated that more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which exceeds the number in treatment for diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease combined. Studies show chronic pain in the United States costs as much as $635 billion per year when considering treatment costs and lost wages.

St. Vincent’s Pain Management Center at 6701 Rockside Road, Suite 100, is staffed by Dr. Jay Vyas, a University of Iowa fellowship-trained pain management physician. A graduate of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Vyas completed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center.

“Lack of access to treatment impacts the entire community through increased health care costs, reduction of workforce and community volunteers, and medication abuse,” Dr. Vyas said. “I am thrilled to return to this great city to serve this community that has given me so much.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the St. Vincent Pain Management Center at 216.624.4284.

About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

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’s expertise focuses on addiction and behavioral health, the Center for Bariatric Surgery and the Spine and Orthopedic Institute. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides Care Beyond Medicine. For more information, visit www.stvincentcharity.com.

About Pain Management Group

Based in Findlay, Ohio, Pain Management Group is a leading developer of balanced, hospital-based, primary care pain management centers. Since 2009, Pain Management Group has successfully established joint-venture partnerships with hospitals to develop, build and operate pain management facilities that provide patients suffering from acute and chronic pain with the highest level of balanced health care. For more information, visit www.painmgmtgroup.com. 

Media contact: Rebecca Gallant, 216-696-8408, rgallant@sistersofcharityhealth.org

 

 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Legal Aid Partner to Improve Health of Addiction, Psychiatric Patients

by Editor Monday, October 16, 2017

(OCTOBER 16, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland have launched a medical legal partnership (MLP), providing free, on-site services to resolve civil legal issues that impact the overall health of addiction and psychiatric patients. St. Vincent Charity’s MLP program is the first of its kind in Ohio to focus solely on the needs of those in treatment for behavioral health and addiction diseases.

“At St. Vincent Charity, we are committed to not only treating the current symptoms that bring patients into our hospital, but working to improve their long-term overall health and quality of life,” said Dr. David Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity.  “This MLP provides an integrated approach to address the legal barriers that negatively impact a person’s health so we can improve the well-being of those in our community.”

Through a two-year $260,000 grant from the Jones Day Foundation, a full-time Legal Aid attorney will partner with St. Vincent Charity clinicians, case workers, patient navigators and other care givers to both prevent and remedy the many health-harming factors that have their roots in legal problems. In the first year alone, it is estimated that the program will assist 175 patients and their family members through 75 legal cases.

“Due to lower incomes and the stigma attached to their disease, so many of our patients face health disparities that create an ongoing cycle of emergent health care needs and hospital stays. Our patients truly suffer from this downward social drift,” said Dr. Albana Dreshaj, medical director, St. Vincent Charity Psychiatric Emergency Department.  “Many don’t know there is help available in the community or where to go to find it. The MLP places an attorney right here in the hospital to work side by side with caregivers and social workers to help our patients break down these barriers.”

To implement the program, Legal Aid conducted thorough training with hospital care givers to effectively screen and identify patients with complicating legal issues and refer them to the Legal Aid attorney, Michael Russell, for assistance. Russell will work two days a week on-site at the hospital to personally meet with patients, and the balance of time working on cases with Legal Aid colleagues to utilize all Legal Aid’s resources to help resolve issues on patients’ behalf.     

“Legal Aid is focused on being available where and when low-income and vulnerable people need help with a legal issue,” said Melanie Shakarian, Esq., spokesperson for Legal Aid.  “Being embedded at St. Vincent Charity will help patients with legal issues related to housing, unsafe family dynamics, with environmental threats, or job and food insecurity.  These people need legal counsel, but without an attorney, health outcomes will be adversely affected.”

An estimated 40 percent of the nearly 4,000 patients – nearly 72 percent of which are low income - treated at St. Vincent Charity’s geriatric and adult psychiatric units are in need of immediate legal help to remove barriers that stand in the way of improved health.  In addition, nearly 60 percent of those patients are diagnosed with co-occurring substance abuse.

The Legal Service Corporation, based in Washington D.C., documents the vast majority of low-income individuals in the United States have 2 to 3 unmet civil legal needs that create barriers to healthy eating, healthy housing, employment and safety.  Studies of other MLP’s across the country demonstrate a reduction in the frequency of hospital admissions for those with chronic diseases, improved compliance by patients related to prescribed medications, decreased patient stress and reduced costs of health care services.

As part of St. Vincent’s MLP, $40,000 of the two-year grant is designated for research conducted by Cleveland State’s Center for Behavioral Health Sciences, to measure program and patient outcomes.

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About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality health care 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 www.stvincentcharity.com. 

Media Contact: Rebecca Gallant, Office: 216.696.8408, Cell: 216.288.0239, rgallant@sistersofcharityhealth.org 

St. Vincent Charity Offers Free Uber Transportation for Rosary Hall Addiction Patients

by Editor Monday, July 24, 2017

CLEVELAND, OHIO (JULY 24, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has launched a pilot program offering free Uber transportation for addiction patients participating in Rosary Hall’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The program creates greater access to those seeking treatment for addiction, including opioid and alcohol, and increases a patient’s chances for success.

“We know one thing with certainty – Rosary Hall’s intensive treatment program works. However, it only works if patients are able to make every session and receive the support necessary to continue their journey toward recovery,” said Dr. Ted Parran, associate medical director of Rosary Hall. “For so many of our addiction patients, financial challenges and a means of reliable transportation present major obstacles, which often cause a patient to relapse or drop out of their recovery program.” 

St. Vincent Charity’s new pilot provides individualized transportation utilizing a proprietary HIPAA-compliant, digital platform developed by Circulation that connects Uber with patients and care providers to bring patients to IOP Treatment at Rosary Hall.

“Because of their addiction, whether from alcohol or opioids, many of our patients have lost their driver’s license, their car and even their job. Bus transportation alone to IOP appointments can mean up to $25 per week in bus fare and countless hours in transport time,” said Orlando Howard, Rosary Hall’s manager of outpatient treatment services. “This program removes that hurdle and gets our patients quickly to where they need to be, when they need to be there and at no cost to them.”

On average, 62 percent of patients successfully complete the five-month IOP at St. Vincent’s Rosary Hall.  Lack of access to affordable, reliable, convenient transportation is the most frequent reason cited during patient assessments for those who drop out of the program.

Since launching in mid-June, 11 patients have enrolled in the program and have scheduled 156 rides to St. Vincent Charity for patient assessments and treatment sessions. Patients participating in the program have maintained a 100 percent attendance rate for all assessment and treatment appointments. In the 30 days prior to launching the transportation program, Rosary Hall logged 76% client participation in IOP and 62% client participation in individual counseling sessions.

Providing greater access to mental health and addiction services was targeted as a top priority for St. Vincent Charity in its 2017 Community Benefit Plan. Recognizing the transportation challenges of addiction patients, particularly for those in IOP, St. Vincent Charity analyzed model programs across the country to identify a low-cost, convenient and less time-consuming mode of transportation for patients.  

IOP treatment, which frequently follows a 3 to 5 day in-patient detox, requires patients to attend four weekly, three hour sessions, in addition to individual counseling sessions, during the first five weeks.  After completing the IOP, patients then participate in the non-intensive program for 1.5 hours, one day per week for 8 to 12 weeks.

Rosary Hall is currently collaborating with three area sober living houses to provide transportation to their residents as part of the pilot program, including: the Julie Adams House; Lifehouse; and Back to Basics. 

With the opioid epidemic already claiming 666 lives in the first six months of the year, St. Vincent Charity plans to quickly expand the program to additional sober living houses once the pilot is complete. Additional revenue sources are being sought to support an expanded program.

Founded in 1952, Rosary Hall has been at the forefront of treating alcoholism and drug dependency for more than 64 years. Its founder, Sister Ignatia Gavin CSA, worked hand-in-hand with Dr. Robert Smith, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, to establish St. Vincent Charity as the first religious institution to recognize the rights of alcoholics to receive hospital treatment in Cleveland. Rosary Hall’s innovative efforts are fueled by decades of proven experience in treating more than 60,000 men and women, and by the compassionate care that is the hallmark of St. Vincent Charity.

 

About St. Vincent Charity Medical Center:

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is Cleveland’s faith-based, high-quality health care 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 www.stvincentcharity.com. 

 

Media Contact: Rebecca Gallant, Office: 216.696.8408, Cell: 216.288.0239, rgallant@sistersofcharityhealth.org 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center mourns passing of Congressman Ralph Regula

by Editor Friday, July 21, 2017

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Congressman Ralph Regula, who passed away July 19 at the age of 92. 

Congressman Regula represented residents of Stark County and Northeast Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for 36 years before retiring in 2008 as the longest continuous serving congressman in Ohio history. He was a great champion for education, health care and more, playing a key role in starting the Northeastern Ohio Medical University and Stark State College, as well as helping create what is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor.

As we remember Congressman Regula, we celebrate his 36 low-profile, high-impact years of public service representing the people of his district and everyone in Ohio, as well as a life lived serving with compassion, dignity and collaboration. 

Sisters of Charity Health System Statement on the Senate's draft health care bill: the Better Care Reconciliation Act

by Editor Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. Like many in the health care provider community, we stand in opposition to the Senate’s draft health care bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Senate proposal would have a devastating impact on our nation's most vulnerable populations.  According to analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the BCRA would lead to 22 million more uninsured U.S. residents by 2026. 

From the onset of this debate, Catholic hospitals and health systems have been guided by a set of key values that would protect coverage for Americans. An acceptable health care system provides access to all, regardless of their means, and at all stages of life. Such a health care system must protect conscience rights, as well as extend to immigrant families.

BCRA moves in the opposite direction, particularly for our most vulnerable patients including children, cutting $772 billion in Medicaid spending across the next decade. Cuts of this magnitude are unsustainable and will increase costs to individuals with private insurance. Medicaid covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions, along with the elderly and individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and support. 

For example, Medicaid is a vital tool in addressing the opioid addiction crisis. At St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, our center of excellence in addiction medicine – Rosary Hall – is a leading partner in the community in providing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that has far greater success rates than disparate treatment options for addiction. Medicaid covers millions of Americans and our most vulnerable patients, including those in the crisis of addiction.

Some facts:

  • More than 220,000 Ohioans with addiction or mental health disorders now have coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Repeal would kick those people off of their insurance, potentially disrupting treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans as they are fighting for their lives.
  • Ohio spent nearly $1 billion dollars to fight the opioid epidemic last year alone, with 70 percent of this investment coming directly from Medicaid. Experts have said even a $45 billion investment won’t work. The money is useless if Ohio doesn’t have a Medicaid program to get people covered.  BCRA would end Medicaid expansion, and replace it with just $2 billion to address the opioid crisis in the entire country over 10 years.

BCRA is a giant step backwards from the goal of accessible and affordable health for all.  We can and must do better on behalf of all those who rely on our nation's health care programs and providers.  Above all, we urge our elected officials always to keep in mind the many millions of poor individuals and vulnerable families who will be affected by any changes to our health care system.  We encourage our elected officials to start over and work together with all the stakeholders for solutions to enhance availability, affordability and quality that will benefit everyone.

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center joins U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in stand against ACA repeal bill

by Editor Sunday, June 25, 2017

On Sunday, June 25, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a press conference at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to stand against the Senate’s draft bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The repeal bill eliminates Medicaid expansion and includes additional cuts to Medicaid, a vital tool in addressing the opioid addiction crisis in Ohio. 

The press conference, which was attended by WKYC-TV, The Plain Dealer and WKSU, featured testimony from Senator Brown, Sister Judith Ann Karam CSA, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Dr. Ted Parran Jr., associate medical director of Rosary Hall and patient advocate Brittany Shartz, among others.  

“This issue is right at the core of who we are as a Catholic hospital and as a hospital right in the heart of the city. The reason St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is here is to provide health care to the people in this community, there is no greater need than providing access to care,” Sister Judith Ann Karam CSA said during the press conference. “There is no debate, health care is a basic right. It is directly related to the dignity of the human being. Who would have ever thought we would be in this position again today where we would have to fight for health care access for the people of the United States.”

[Read the Sisters of Charity Health System's statement on the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act.]

More than 220,000 Ohioans with addiction or mental health disorders now have coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A repeal would kick those people off of their insurance, potentially disrupting treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans as they are fighting for their lives. 

Ohio spent nearly $1 billion dollars to fight the opioid epidemic last year alone, with 70 percent of this investment coming directly from Medicaid. The proposed Senate bill would end Medicaid expansion and replace it with just $2 billion to address the opioid crisis across the entire country over ten years. Experts have said that even a $45 billion investment won’t work. This money would be insufficient and therefore, useless if Ohio doesn’t have a Medicaid program to get people covered. 

“There have been tremendous strides toward adequate resources to address this epidemic such as the expansion of Medicaid and aspects of the Affordable Care Act,” Parran said. “It’s absolutely essential for those people with limited means, who are typically working people ineligible for Medicaid, to receive adequate care for their medical problems, behavioral health problems and most especially their addiction issues. That’s’ why it’s so essential to maintain this access and not to move backwards.” 

Rosary Hall is recognized across Ohio and nationally for its leadership and expertise in addressing the opioid addiction epidemic with a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that has far greater success rates than disparate treatment options for addiction. 

In a typical year, Rosary Hall serves approximately 2,000 individuals.  

One of those individuals is Brittany Shartz. Despite growing up in a typical middle-class family, Shartz began to struggle with mental illness and depression at the young age of 13. Even with strong support from her family, Shartz’s depression and mental health issues led to experimentation with drugs and self-medication. 

Upon moving out of her family’s home at the age of 18, she fell in the familiar cycle of getting sober, relapsing, getting sober and relapsing again. 

“I moved out and I worked but I could never afford health insurance. People are always going to pick what is most important to them, so I was always going to choose rent before health insurance,” Shartz says of that period of her life. “Next it was getting car insurance. Health insurance is typically the first thing people pick to get rid of when money gets tight.” 

It wasn’t until Shartz entered Rosary Hall for treatment for her addiction to opioids that she learned about Medicaid from St. Vincent Charity Medical Center staff and was able to receive health care coverage that would start her on a path to sobriety. 

“Every single part of my recovery revolves around Medicaid, except for my self-motivation,” Shartz said during the press conference. 

Today, Shartz is a mother and works as a detox coach at Rosary Hall. 

To learn more about Rosary Hall and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s vision for the future of treatment of opioid addiction, click here.   

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

by Editor Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Cleveland, June 12, 2017 ―  St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Dr. David F. Perse, President and CEO of St. Vincent Charity.

“St. Vincent Charity continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

 

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.

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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 www.stvincentcharity.com. 

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
Wendy.Hoke@stvincentcharity.com

 

St. Vincent Charity Receives $200,000 Grant for Resilient Youth Project

by Editor Friday, March 10, 2017

 

Cleveland, Ohio (March 9, 2017) – St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has received a $200,000 grant from the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation to support a new community outreach program aimed at helping adolescents in the Central neighborhood—the Resilient Youth Project.

With 82% of children in Central living in poverty and only 32% of residents graduating high school, Central youth fight huge barriers to stay on course toward high school graduation and a better future. They are vulnerable to problems with employment, health, safety, neglect, and self-esteem.

The Resilient Youth Project will enroll 20 youth ages 13-15 years from the neighborhood in work and activities designed to teach both life and job skills, as well as promote education and community impact, all while earning a small stipend. A dedicated employee from St. Vincent Charity will oversee the Resilient Youth Project. Working with the Central Recreation Center and St. Philip’s Christian Church, the program’s Outreach Specialist will create supervised, concrete identity and self-image building projects. Additionally, the funds will help to develop adult-supervised projects that promote job readiness and self-sufficiency. Teenagers in the Resilient Youth Project will participate in multiple enrichment activities on a monthly basis such as field trips to explore future job opportunities and mentorship/leadership programs.

“I’ve worked with the kids in the Central neighborhood for many years and the Resilient Youth Project is going to be extremely beneficial to those who participate,” said Bill Myers, Manager of Cleveland’s Central Recreation Center. “The activities and opportunities they are going to be involved with are going to help prepare them for high school and beyond.”

An estimated 40% of health outcomes are determined not by genetics or lifestyle, but by powerful social and economic factors such as education, employment, safety, and family stability. The objective of this program is to help create an environment that supports good physical and mental health and social and economic well-being, keys to resilience in dealing with the major stressors of poverty.

With an overarching goal of improved community health, the Resilient Youth Project will enhance the health of the local community by:

  • providing a safe location for youth to spend substantial amounts of time engaged in constructive activities with like-minded peers
  • providing multiple supportive adult relationships to help youth form healthy bonds with consistent positive role models
  • providing stipend income to promote the dignity and value of work, increase job-readiness, and teach financial literacy
  • engaging families in intentional activities focused on strengthening relationships

“For many years, St. Vincent’s Outreach Department has worked with the Central Recreation Center and other neighborhood organizations that are committed to strengthening the bonds of the families of the Central neighborhood,” said David F. Perse, MD, president and CEO.  “We are excited to further develop that relationship and create a lasting impact on the children in our neighborhood through the Resilient Youth Project.”