October 7, 2013
Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, unveiled its spacious new 15,300-square-foot Knee & Hip Center during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Monday, October 7 in the hospital’s new south wing.
The hospital plans to begin caring for patients in the new Knee & Hip Center on Monday, October 14.
The $5.4 million Knee & Hip Center, located above Kenmore Mercy’s new Emergency Department, is designed to provide a more spacious and comfortable setting for patients following orthopedic surgery, such as hip and knee replacements. Its patient-focused design features 24 individual rooms, with private bathrooms and showers, a comfortable visitors’ lounge, two centrally-located nurses’ stations, and onsite physical rehabilitation services.
Kenmore Mercy opened its original Knee & Hip Center in 2004, offering specialized inpatient rooms, care and education for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery. Last year, the hospital performed nearly 900 total knee and joint replacements – a 24 percent increase since 2004.
“Our knee and hip procedures have grown significantly over the past nine years,” said Marcus Romanowski, MD, chief of Orthopedic Surgery. “The boom in surgeries has created a need for a larger, more modern Knee & Hip Center equipped with the very latest in comfort and technology.”
Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s orthopedic surgeons have helped develop state-of-the-art joint-replacement methods now being used worldwide. They were also the first in the Buffalo area to use MAKOplasty robotic technology to perform partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacements.
John Repicci, MD, DDS, former chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Kenmore Mercy and an international pioneer in partial knee replacements, has been a driving force in the growth of the hospital’s orthopedic surgery program over the past 35 years. He also made a significant investment in the future of Kenmore Mercy as a major donor for the new Knee & Hip Center.
As Catholic Health’s Orthopedic Campus of Excellence, Kenmore Mercy Hospital offers the greater Buffalo region a complete range of orthopedic services, board certified orthopedic surgeons with a track record of superior outcomes, and the latest orthopedic procedures and technological advances from pre-surgical education to post-surgical rehabilitation.