New Center at UMCPP Provides Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Patients

Nov 4, 2013

The comprehensive hip and knee replacement program at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) now has a dedicated home within the hospital: the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement.

Named to acknowledge a generous gift from Jim Craigie, CEO of Church & Dwight Co., the center opened today on the 2nd floor of the hospital, near UMCPP's state-of-the-art surgical facilities.

The Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement offers the latest minimally invasive procedures, research-based clinical protocols and a thorough program of pre- and post-operative care for patients receiving total knee or total hip replacements.

Mr. Craigie, who had both hips replaced at the former University Medical Center at Princeton, made the donation to honor his surgeon, W. Thomas Gutowski, MD, FAAOS, chief of orthopaedic surgery for Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS).

"I saw firsthand—or call it first hip!—the impact that this hospital, Dr. Gutowski and his team have on people's lives," said Mr. Craigie. "I really can't imagine a better experience, and now I want to make sure they get the recognition they deserve."

"The new center, like the hospital in general, offers the latest technology and state-of-the-art surgical care and also is dedicated to providing personal care," Dr. Gutowski said. "Every patient is different; and our surgeons, nurses and therapists are entirely focused on making certain that our patients feel well cared for."

"Thanks to the generous support of Mr. Craigie, we look forward to providing this new, innovative service to help our joint replacement patients reclaim their lives with less pain and greater mobility," said James G. Demetriades, PHCS Vice President for Professional Services.

Patients in the new center receive care from highly experienced, board certified orthopaedic surgeons who are supported by specially trained staff, including anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, hospitalists, orthopedic-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists and specialized technicians. The center provides:

  • Pre-operative classes that teach patients and their family members how to prepare for surgery, what to expect and how to expedite recovery.
  • Comprehensive pre-admission testing, a nursing assessment and consultation with an anesthesia specialist.
  • Pre- and post-operative medication management.
  • Private rooms with hotel-like comforts and amenities where friends and family members can wait for patients to return from surgery.
  • Comprehensive, evidence-based pain management protocols.
  • Individual and group physical and occupational therapy to facilitate recovery.
  • A nurse navigator who is available to assist physicians, patients, families and staff before, during and after surgery.

Most patients will be ready to leave the hospital two to three days after their procedures.

For more information about the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement at UMCPP, visit

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