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Advocate Christ Medical Center Establishes Bone and Joint Institute: Named Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement


Oak Lawn, Illinois - Advocate Christ Medical Center has taken a major step forward in the strengthening of its programs in orthopedic surgery with the establishment of a Bone and Joint Institute.

Formation of the new institute integrates all of the medical center's orthopedic-related clinical operations and places them under centralized medical and administrative leadership.  Such centralization is expected to enhance the medical center's programs in the treatment of orthopedic trauma; sports-related injuries; degenerative diseases affecting the bones and joints, including conditions related to overuse and deterioration; joint reconstruction and replacement; spinal surgery; and orthopedic-related cancers.

At the same time, creation of the institute will facilitate long- and short-term strategic planning, recruitment of additional physician specialists in orthopedics, enhancement of patient care outcomes, advancement of research, financial management, marketing and the development of collaborative relationships to help meet orthopedic program objectives.

The Bone and Joint Institute represents the medical center's fourth such organization. The campus established three other institutes - Cancer, Heart and Vascular, and Neurosciences - in 2007.

"The vision of the Bone and Joint Institute is to be the regional provider of choice, nationally recognized for clinical innovation, with physician leaders who are committed to providing leading edge treatment options, a collaborative approach to care and a dedication to research and education, resulting in superior patient outcomes," said Dominica Tallarico, chief operating officer for Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital, in announcing the new institute.

Christ Medical Center has long been noted for offering highly effective surgical alternatives in orthopedic surgery.  Innovative approaches include meniscus allograft transplantation, a procedure in which a type of cartilage (meniscus) found in the knee and other joints is taken from a donor and transplanted in a patient's knee to return the joint to full mobility without knee replacement surgery.    

Terry Guymon, who also serves as executive director of the Neurosciences Institute at Christ Medical Center, is overseeing administration of the Bone and Joint Institute. Kevin Luke MD is the new institute's medical director in partnership with orthopedic department chair, Richard Lim MD.

Meanwhile, the newly established institute already has achieved its first milestone: designation as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery® and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement® by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.  Such designation means that an institution has "demonstrated reliability in delivering spine surgery and knee and hip replacement services" with "better overall outcomes," shown a "commitment to quality care," and "offers comprehend-sive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement, total hip replacement and hip resurfacing."

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center
Recognized nationally by Thomson Reuters as a 100 Top Hospital for cardiovascular care, Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation's leading health care networks. A 695-bed, premier teaching institution  in Oak Lawn, Illinois, with nearly 1,000 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cardiovascular services, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics and women's health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 85,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, robotic da Vinci Surgery System® and CyberKnife® Radiosurgery. The hospital is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Medical Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. For more information about Advocate Christ Medical Center log on to  Located on the same campus is Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, the largest freestanding pediatric medical facility in the south and southwest suburbs and houses a Level IIIc neonatal intensive care unit, the highest designation awarded in Illinois.

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