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Baptist Hospital West opens new wing

Members of the community got a glimpse of the new 10-bed specialty unit to accommodate the needs of orthopedic and neurosurgical patients at Baptist Hospital West during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, April 30.

The specialized unit, located on the third floor of Baptist Hospital West, will provide care to optimize advanced clinical outcomes for each patient. An educational program is being developed for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery, which will help to prepare them for the procedure and assist them in regaining normal activity quickly following surgery, according to hospital officials.

“I think we’ve been working toward having a greater volume of orthopedic patients and this is a step in that direction,” Dr. David Hovis, orthopedic specialist, said. “We’re increasing what we’re doing to continue our first-class service.”

Hovis said caregivers and patients will have more control in the process, allowing both physicians and patients to have a dedicated and highly specialized treatment and recovery program. Orthopedic and neurosurgical patients require very specific care when compared to general medical/surgical patients, he said. The unit will be staffed with nurses who specialize in caring for this group of patients.

“The goal of this unit is to meet a community need to offer orthopedic and neurosurgical patients autonomy and improved outcomes,” said Peter Betts, Administrator of Baptist Hospital West. “We have partnered with physicians to create a comprehensive environment beneficial to patients and caregivers alike.”

Betts said Baptist Hospital West is making a considerable investment in instruments, equipment and systems to accommodate the growth of this as well as other surgical services. This is only one of several new and expanded programs which are being developed for the community.

“We are very pleased with the support and participation of orthopedic and neurosurgical surgeons in developing this unit,” Betts said. “There are a number of surgeons who have expressed interest in joining our team and who are beginning to utilize Baptist West. The floor will be expanded as volume increases to around thirty-one beds.”

“We are proud to have Baptist Hospital West in our community,” Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said. “We are proud of what it stands for.”

Located on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek, the hospital is a 75-bed facility.

service facility that treats men, women and children. It includes a fast-track Emergency Room and is home to the Stokely Heart Pavilion and Baptist Regional Cancer Center.


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