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Stamford Hospital opens new orthopedic surgical unit

Stamford Advocate—November 18, 2017

Stamford Advocate reported that the new surgical unit at HSS Orthopedics at Stamford Health received its first patient, Joe Troy. According to the article, Troy was looking for a hospital nearby his home in Westport, CT to treat the severe arthritis pain in his knee. He decided to have a total knee replacement after coping with the pain for two years.

"If your condition is affecting your life and the things you like to do, to the point that you can’t take it anymore… then that’s how that decision is made," said Troy.

Charles N. Cornell, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Stamford Health, spoke about the collaboration between HSS and Stamford Hospital. "The nature of health care is that you have to constantly be growing to maintain your profitability and your position in the community. In order to do that, HSS had to look into expanding outside of Manhattan."

He added that while Stamford Health already provided orthopedic surgery, the hospital had a low volume in spinal reconstruction and joint replacement surgeries.

"(HSS') rationale for coming here was to expand those areas, to build specifically that practice, and hopefully enhance and enable local orthopedic surgeons to expand their practices as well," said Dr. Cornell.

The article reported that since the opening three weeks ago, the Collaboration has treated about 15 patients. Dr. Cornell expects the practice to expand rapidly with as many as 10 patients a day by early 2018.

Since his surgery two weeks ago, Troy said he is feeling good and that he hopes to golf again in the spring.

Read the full article at stamfordadvocate.com. This article appeared in the November 19, 2017 print issue.


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