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Western PA Guide To Good Health: Mutschler Institute, Rehab Unit, Work Well for Patients

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

You could say that the Mutschler Orthopedic Institute and Canonsburg Hospital's Rehabilitation Unit work hand in hand. Or maybe knee in knee. Or hip in hip . . .Dr. Thomas A. Mutschler, who specializes in knee and joint replacement, opened his Institute in 2007 to better serve his patients. He had been working from three different hospitals and believed that he would have better control of their experience by concentrating his practice in one building. About the same time, the Canonsburg Hospital’s Rehabilitation Unit opened to care for the patients following their surgery, helping to create a seamless transition. "We see patients right out of surgery in our hospital setting, and then if they come to the rehab unit, we provide therapy for them," said Anne M. Veres, Director for Rehabilitation Services. "And we also handle outpatient services.” She went on to explain how advantageous this arrangement is. "Dr. Mutschler's office is right next to our office, so it's very convenient for the patients.

They can see him and then come over to physical therapy or occupational therapy and schedule their appointments. Plus, we kind of have a direct line – we can call (the Institute) and say this patient is experiencing a problem, can you come over and see them. We have that relationship where they might just pop over during the patient's therapy visit to see how they're doing, especially if we want them to look at something in particular."

Dr. Mutschler agreed. "It's working very well for the patients. We've not had any complaints about the continuity or the quality of the care. It's very good. We do a lot of bilateral knee replacements, and insurances pretty much automatically allow those patients to go over. Dr. (Debra) Panucci runs 2 - North, the inpatient rehabilitation unit, and she's very good. The patients love Dr. Panucci, she does a great job with them. So I think when they go home they're quite comfortable that they can do everything they need to do."

Along with rehabilitation following the surgery, Veres said the center provides education prior to the surgery. "The Mutschler Orthopedic Institute
has classes for patients who are considering joint replacement, and one of the therapists goes and speaks at the classes. We also have exercises we've designed in conjunction with Dr. Mutschler for the patients to be doing prior to their surgery. So we're trying to be a part of it from the beginning."

Dr. Mutschler added, "The nurse does an educational program that's very good. It's very informative for the patient about the Institute and also what they'll experience after their hip or knee replacement – it lets them know what is going to be expected of them, and what they can expect from the hospital and the Institute and the Rehabilitation Unit." All of which translates into top-notch care for the patients. For more information, call (724) 873-5955 or visit www.wpahs.org.
 

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