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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: April 2010    CoxHealth invites public to dedication, open house of new Meyer Orthopedic Center
CoxHealth invites public to dedication, open house of new Meyer Orthopedic Center

New approach to orthopedic care focuses on getting patients healthier and back home more quickly

For immediate release
April 2, 2010

After nearly 18 months of construction, the new 65,000 square-foot Meyer Orthopedic Center is almost complete. Join CoxHealth for a ribbon cutting, refreshments and tours to dedicate this new facility on Saturday, April 17, from 1 -3 p.m., at the corner of National Avenue and Walnut Lawn.

As the population continues to age, the need for orthopedic and joint care is expected to continue to rise. To serve these patients, The Meyer Orthopedic Center (MOC) will provide a single location where they can visit their doctors, undergo surgery, receive inpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy, and have access to a medical fitness center - all under one roof.

Research shows that consolidating services in this way benefits patients. "More and more studies show that when you focus on one type of service, the result is enhanced patient and physician satisfaction, increased efficiency and overall better services," says Ron Prenger, administrator at Cox Walnut Lawn, where the MOC is located.

This facility includes six new cutting-edge operating rooms; 35 private patient rooms with bedside charting capabilities, flat-screen TVs and couches for patients and their families; hotel-style room service for patients; and each patient will receive a personalized daily newsletter detailing their treatment schedule broken down by the hour for each day of their stay. Patients who are scheduled to undergo a joint replacement at the MOC will also attend Joint Adventure, a new pre-surgery "boot camp" that includes weekly educational classes, an exercise program designed to help patients have a faster recovery and more. Orthopedic trauma cases will continue to be cared for at Cox South.

The Meyer Orthopedic Center was funded by a $1.5 million donation from Ken and the late Jane Meyer, and a bond issuance in the fall of 2008. The Meyer Foundation's contribution follows a major gift in 2002 that established the Meyer Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation, which is connected to the new MOC.

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