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March 3, 2010 > Center for Joint Replacement Groundbreaking Celebrated

Center for Joint Replacement Groundbreaking Celebrated

On February 17, 2010, Washington Hospital Healthcare System held a ceremonial ground breaking for the new Center for Joint Replacement. Since 1998, the Center for Joint Replacement (CJR) has become one of the West Coast's leading joint replacement programs and has been a pioneer in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery. Now, after treating more than 7,000 patients, the time has come for the program to move to a larger, modern facility that has been designed to further enhance patient care.

Donning hard hats and ceremonial shovels, the five board members of the Washington Township Health Care District, Dr. Bernard Stewart, Dr. Jacob Eapen, Patricia Danielson, Michael Wallace, and Dr. William Nicholson, were joined at the site of the new CJR, by Dr. John Dearborn, medical director for the Center for Joint Replacement.

"The beautiful new building will not only mark a new chapter in the Center for Joint Replacement program, but it will also provide a state-of-the-art facility designed in every aspect for the joint replacement patient," said Dr. Dearborn. "From the private rooms for both patient comfort and infection control, to the long hallways where rehab happens, to the common areas where lasting friendships between patients develop, everything has been designed to facilitate patient satisfaction and excellent outcomes."

The new CJR facility will be built on the Washington Hospital campus, east of the main Hospital. The 20,000 square-foot replacement building will consist of three stories with 40 patient rooms. All patient rooms will be private and a beautifully landscaped therapy garden will be constructed to help patients with their post-operative rehabilitation. The new Center for Joint Replacement is scheduled to be completed by early 2012.

"This day represents progress and is yet another step in building an entirely new Washington Hospital which will serve the residents of the district for decades to come," said Bernard Stewart, DDS, Washington Township Healthcare District Board President. "While buildings and facilities are important, the greatest asset of any program, and this is particularly true with the Center for Joint Replacement, is its staff."

Much of the success of the CJR is driven by the multidisciplinary team of nurses, therapists, and physician assistants who provide integrated care for every patient. Under the leadership of Dr. Dearborn, the CJR is on track to perform more than 1,400 joint replacement surgeries annually for patients who come from all over the Western United States for treatment.

"Programs like the Center for Joint Replacement help drive the success of Washington Hospital and that is ultimately beneficial to the residents of the District," said Michael Wallace, Washington Township Healthcare District Board First Vice President. "When the founders of this hospital opened its doors more than 50 years ago, I doubt any of them could have even envisioned joint replacement, let alone housing one of the most successful programs in California and one of the top programs in the country, right here in Washington Township."

In terms of results, the CJR has consistently maintained stellar patient outcomes. HealthGrades, an independent ratings organization has given the CJR program a "5 Star" rating for total knee replacements, total hip replacements and hip fracture repair. The CJR program has also performed within the top 10 percent of all joint replacement programs in the country. To learn more about the CJR, visit

Watch Construction Online

Visit us online at to view a fly through animation video of the new CJR building and watch current time-lapse footage of the construction of the new facility. To learn more about upcoming construction projects and upgrades at your community hospital, tune into monthly Washington Township Health Care District board meetings on InHealth, A Washington Hospital Channel, on Comcast Channel 78.

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