Reclaim Your Life With Greater Mobility and Less Pain
Apr 8, 2014
Jim Craigie can instantly recognize the walk of a person with chronic
hip pain, and he won’t hesitate to approach a total stranger who is
moving slowly and obviously favoring one leg.
“I’ll walk up to the person and say, ‘Your hip is hurting, isn’t
it?’” Mr. Craigie says. “The person will say, ‘Yeah,’ and I’ll say, ‘You
have to get it replaced.’”
Mr. Craigie, a 60-year-old Princeton resident, knows from experience.
He says he tried to just live with hip pain that was “making my life
miserable” before finally deciding to undergo joint replacement surgery
with W. Thomas Gutowski, MD, Section Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at
University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).
“It changed my life,” says Mr. Craigie, who had his left hip replaced
in 2009 and right hip in 2010. “Today, I can do anything. I don’t feel
any pain. I honestly feel like I was born with these hips.”
Mr. Craigie, Chairman and CEO of Church and Dwight Company, says
joint replacement has been such a positive experience that he was moved
to make a donation to help others.
And UMCP used Mr. Craigie’s generous donation to help expand its strong joint replacement program by launching the new Jim Craigie Center for
Joint Replacement. The Center enhances UMCP’s exceptional joint
replacement services while also offering comforting patient amenities
and outstanding service.
“Joint replacement patients have the best outcomes when they receive
coordinated care based on the latest national standards,” says Dr.
Gutowski, Medical Director of the Center, who is board certified in
orthopaedic sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. “The center
enhances our ability to provide each patient with state-of-the-art
orthopaedic care, all in one location.”
In fact, UMCP recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of
Approval for its orthopaedic joint replacement programs (hip and knee)
by demonstrating compliance with the Commission’s national standards for
health care quality and safety.
A Center of Excellence
“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 says. “Every patient is
different, and our surgeons, nurses and therapists are entirely focused
on making certain that our patients feel well cared for.”
The Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement, staffed by UMCP’s team of board certified orthopaedic surgeons, includes:
- A dedicated 20-bed unit on the hospital’s second floor.
- A nurse navigator who oversees coordination of patient care, from answering family members’ questions to making daily rounds.
- Nurses, physical therapists and other care providers who have specialized certifications in joint replacement care.
- Protocols aimed at exceeding national standards for
patient safety and recovery, including rapid recovery protocols that
permit a quicker return to work.
“The hospital made a difference in my life—the
biggest difference any organization has made in my life,” Mr. Craigie
says. “I know people in this area will sometimes think of Philadelphia
or New York when they need a hip or knee replacement, but you couldn’t
ask for a better team and a better hospital than we have right here.”
- Group physical therapy sessions and other opportunities for joint replacement patients to interact and motivate each other.
To find an orthopaedic surgeon affiliated with UMCP, please call
1.888.PHCS4YOU (1.888.742.7496) or visit www.princetonhcs.org.
Pictured above (l-r): Kathleen Ryan, BSN, RN, BC, Director of
Nursing & Peri-op Services, UMCP; Jim Craigie, donor and Chairman
and CEO, Church & Dwight Co. Inc.; W. Thomas Gutowski, MD, Section
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, UMCP.