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Rehabilitation FACILITY of the Month Human Motion Institute Delivers Cutting-Edge Treatment and Superior Patient Outcomes
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Pictured is patient Bobbie Green and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joshua Zimmerman. Dr. Zimmerman surgically repaired Mrs. Green’s fractured shoulder. “This Human Motion Institute is something special,” says the 84-year-old Mrs. Green. “My therapist, Jerome, kept me motive after surgery and everyone who cared for me made me feel at home. Now I’m back driving again. I really owe it all to Dr. Zimmerman and the Human Motion Institute. I recommend them to all my friends and family.”
The Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center provides patients a comprehensive continuum of musculoskeletal care through a highly integrated orthopedic healthcare delivery network. Launched in 2010, Human Motion Institute professionals have focused on providing superior clinical outcomes, optimizing coordination of care and achieving exceptional patient satisfaction results. This commitment to excellence has enabled Raritan Bay Medical Center, with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, NJ, to add new and preeminent orthopedic surgeons and specialists to its already impressive and diverse medical staff.
Patients benefit from streamlined access to education, assessment, treatment and therapy services, as well as preventative programs, helping them achieve maximum functionality and mobility, so they get back to work, out on the playing field, or simply down on the floor playing with their grandchildren and doing the daily activities they love. As a nurse navigator for the Institute, Clare Schuld, RN, BSN, ONC, is focused on coordinating care for patients during their initial referral from acute injury or elective surgery. She works in coordination with a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians, specialty trained nurses, diagnostic specialists, physical therapists, social workers and integrative medicine practitioners.
“We help patients understand how to prepare for surgery, provide education to reduce their anxiety, let them know what they can expect following surgery and focus on the daily goals they need to accomplish throughout their rehabilitation,” says Clare. “Also important, I track and review patient outcomes with our specialized teams to reduce complication rates, enhance care and improve patient outcomes.”
Using the medical center’s Patient Family Centered Care as its model, the Institute’s “team approach” has yielded impressive statistics, highlighting excellent patient outcomes. Preoperative patient education provided by Clare has led to a 73 percent reduction in complications in joint replacement patients and a 61 percent reduction with fracture care patients. In fact, no Human Motion Institute surgery patient experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in all of 2012, a common and potentially life-threatening complication that can occur during surgery. Also, patients who required a hospital stay after surgery returned home sooner last year with the average length of stay down 14 percent.
The Human Motion Institute combines the clinical excellence of orthopedic specialists with compassionate care to treat a wide variety of conditions, including: joint replacement and reconstruction, disorders of the spine, fractures, sports-related injuries (knee, shoulder, foot & ankle, hand & upper extremity) and other injuries involving tendons, joints, bones and muscle. Frequently, cutting-edge technology and techniques are used during treatment, such as custom knee replacement, computer assisted and minimally invasive surgery as well as holistic relaxation therapies provided by the medical center’s Division of Integrative Medicine.
Clinicians at the Human Motion Institute work with each patient and their family to develop a customized treatment plan. The goal is simple: return them to normal function as quickly and safely as possible. For more information about services, visit www.rbmc.org or call 1-855-5-MOTION.



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