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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.”

Giving Back
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.
  • Group physical therapy sessions and other opportunities for joint replacement patients to interact and motivate each other.
“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.”

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.