Your Care Team
At the Total Joint and Spine Care at Penrose-St. Francis, the multi-disciplinary team provides our patients with a number of services to treat the body, mind and soul. Services provided are dependent on the particular need of the individual. We utilize a patient and family centered team approach. This approach emphasizes continuous communication among the care team, which may include:
The case manager is a registered nurse who works in collaboration with other team members to develop and implement the treatment plan and coordinate medical resources for patient's discharge needs.
A hospitalist is the term used for physicians who are specialized in the care of patients in the hospital.
A trained professional who will assist you in regaining independence with activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as dressing, grooming, bathing and toileting. They may make recommendations for equipment.
The nursing staff is specialized in the care of joint and spine surgery patients. Each morning you will have goals to achieve for the day. You will go over your daily goals with your nurse to plan your day. The staff will assist you in personal care activities, such as bathing, toileting, and position changes. The nurses will also assist you in areas such as pain management, bowel function, medication education, incision care and movement activities such as walking and getting in and out of the chair.
The orthotist is a specialist who may be involved in your care if you have been told you will need to wear a brace after surgery. Among other activities, they are involved in making neck, back and limb braces.
Pain Management Team
A pain management advance practice nurse or physician may be called in to help manage your pain medications.
Pharmacists are an integrated member of the health care team directly involved in patient care. They work with the physician, nurse and you to make sure you are receiving the prescribed medication in a safe and effective manner.
A trained professional who will assist you in regaining the ability to get in and out of bed, walk and go up and down stairs. You may receive instruction in postural alignment and exercise to relieve pain and regain your strength. He/she may make recommendations for equipment.
Physician Assistant (PA)
A physician assistant practices medicine under the supervision of your surgeon. Physician assistants must complete an accredited education program and pass a national exam in order to obtain a license.
Psychological services are provided to help optimize each individual’s pain management and surgical outcomes. The psychologist helps to address any concerns or anxiety related to each person’s surgery which will significantly increase the benefit of the surgery. The psychologist will help with the preparation, recovery, and rehabilitation associated with each surgery. The psychologist will also help with maximizing pain management for each individual.
These physicians specialize in physical medicine and are non-surgical experts that treat all back conditions. Some of these physicians do injections to the spine or muscles to help decrease pain symptoms.
The respiratory therapist is a professional who will provide treatment to you if you have any lung or breathing issues.
The medical social worker collaborates with other team members to facilitate the recommended treatment plan and assist you with discharge plans. They assist in explaining and coordinating health-care resources to meet your needs.
A surgeon is a specialist in surgery. In this case your surgeon is a specialist in neurosurgery or orthopedic care.
The Spiritual Care Department partners with other team members to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families of all faith traditions. Our diverse team of chaplains is available around the clock to respond to your requests, including those for prayer, sacramental ministry, completing medical Advance Directive documents, and/or providing a supportive and reassuring presence. Our unique calling is to help patients and families connect with spiritual resources in ways that are meaningful for them. Please contact one of our chaplains through your floor nurse or by calling 719-776-5660.