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Couple’s Generosity Creates a New Comprehensive Orthopaedic Patient Education Program

H H a v i n g u n d e r g o n e s e v e r a l m a j o r h i p , k n e e a n d a n k l e s u r g e r i e s a t E v a n s t o n N o r t h w e s t e r n H e a l t h c a r e ( E N H ) , V i r g i n i a B o y n t o n i s a v e t e r a n o r t h o p a e d i c p a t i e n t w h o k n o w s t h e v a l u e o f a g o o d e d u c a t i o n . W h e n I f i r s t h a d s u r g e r y m o r e t h a n 4 0 y e a r s a g o , p a t i e n t s h a d l i m i t e d k n o w l e d g e a b o u t t h e i r p r o c e d u r e s , B o y n t o n s a i d . B u t i n t h e l a s t f e w y e a r s , I h a v e b e e n f o r t u n a t e t o r e c e i v e f r o m E N H t h e m o s t u p - t o - d a t e i n f o r m a t i o n a v a i l a b l e b e f o r e s u r - g e r y s o I c o u l d p r e p a r e m y s e l f a h e a d o f t i m e a n d f i n d o u t s t e p s I s h o u l d t a k e t o r e c o v e r s u c c e s s f u l l y . B e i n g i n f o r m e d m a d e a b i g difference to me.”

The outstanding care and patient education information Boynton received at ENH inspired her and her husband, W. Austin (Bud), to make a generous gift to establish and support a new comprehensive orientation program that guides patients from their initial diagnosis to full recovery following surgery.

This program—The Boynton Robbins Total Joint Replacement Patient Education Program—is designed to inform and support patients who need total joint replacement surgery of the knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and ankle. “The program is named in honor of the late Jack L. Robbins, MD, a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare who treated Virginia for many years and became a close friend of ours,” said Bud Boynton.

“Patients who undergo joint replacement procedures often have many questions about their medical care,” said William Robb III, MD, Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Professor, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “They also are taking more active roles in requesting information about their diagnosis, treatment options and rehabili- tation plans in order to partner with their caregivers through all aspects of their treatment.”

The Boynton Robbins Total Joint Replacement Patient Education Program offers answers to patients’ concerns about preparing for surgery, participating in a post-operative rehabilita- tion program and achieving full recovery so they can remain fully engaged in daily activities and hobbies that keep them vital with- in their families and communities. A critical factor in a successful outcome following total joint replacement is a patient’s prepara- tion for the procedure and involvement in the recovery process.

“ENH has a long tradition of providing the latest advances to patients who may need total joint replacements or other interventions to treat complex musculoskeletal disorders,” said Dr. Robb. “With the aging demographics of our population, combined with the ‘baby boomer’ generation, the number of people who will need orthopaedic care is estimated to increase fourfold over the next 20 years. Philanthropic support will play a key role in enhancing program initiatives that directly affect the quality of life for patients every day.”

The Total Joint Replacement Center at Glenbrook Hospital is designed to educate, manage and follow ENH patients in order to help them benefit from the rapidly growing field of total joint replacement. This centralized program guides patients through

Virginia and Bud Boynton, who created The Boynton Robbins Total Joint Replacement Patient Education Program

the entire process of total joint replacement, from before surgery through rehabilitation. It also actively conducts research in collaboration with the ENH Research Institute to improve patient outcomes.

Orthopaedic surgeons at ENH are leaders in the field of total joint replacement and offer innovative technologies and treatment options. These include:

  • Less invasive surgeries with shorter incisions to minimize trauma to surrounding muscles and tissues.

  • Computer-assisted knee and hip replacement procedures to increase surgical precision.

  • Progressive pain management strategies to minimize post-operative pain and speed recovery.

For more information about The Total Joint Replacement Center, please call (847) 657-5707.

To support new patient care initiatives within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, please contact Jim Lynch, ENH Foundation Director of Development, (224) 364-7205, jlynch@enh.org.

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