Differentiated Orthopedic Care at Sentara
At Sentara, the things we do differently are our greatest strengths. Our level of patient care is distinctive because we challenge ourselves to be the best through a commitment to constant learning, research and innovation. We strive for excellence and promote teamwork and collaboration as we pursue and adopt the latest care techniques and technologies.
Dedication to the best pathways for care. Local physicians work with clinical and operational leaders at Sentara to identify and evaluate the best protocols. With an eye toward consistency across the system, they implement those improvements that are backed by data and meet or exceed national standards.
A Focus on Quality Patient Outcomes. Our mission depends on the care we deliver, so we measure outcomes in as many ways as possible — often beyond what is mandated. We share the resulting data with physicians and other providers across our system, not only to regularly review our performance but also to learn, grow and innovate.
Development of the Orthopedic High Performance Team. The HPT tracks goals and measurements across our system, to improve quality in a consistent and coordinated manner. We share information with all of the orthopedic providers in our communities, so they can compare their performance to their peers. A shared goal of helping patients heal faster with better protocols and discharging them home when ready has already led to fewer hospital readmissions.
Creation of Task Force Teams. Led by physicians, our spine and joint task forces create efficiency, assess patient care and outcomes, and evaluate new products. They also help us develop new technologies in a more consistent way, including the purchase of robotic-assisted tools such as NAVIO® for partial knee replacement.
Several private physicians are actively involved in orthopedic research and clinical trials that are helping advance patient care in our communities. Institutional Review Boards in each region review, approve and govern clinical trials at our facilities. This policy ensures patients are safe and informed when participating.