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St. Mary Medical Center Hosts Jog for Joints to Promote Bone and Joint Health

5K run/walk raises awareness of the importance of good orthopedic health while honoring orthopedic patients and welcoming Philadelphia Eagles legends.

LANGHORNE, Pa., March 24, 2014 – St. Mary Medical Center will host the 6th annual “Jog for Joints: Promoting bone and joint health for a lifetime,” at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 outside of the St. Mary Child Development Center on the St. Mary campus in Langhorne, Pa. This professionally timed 5K run/walk and orthopedic patient reunion walk of up to one mile celebrates the accomplishments of past joint-replacement patients and raises awareness of the comprehensive, advanced orthopedic services offered at St. Mary.

“Jog for Joints: Promoting bone and joint health for a lifetime” is a free event open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is required to participate. The event includes informative speakers, an awards and brunch program, DJ and additional entertainment, door prizes, and autographs and photographs with Philadelphia sports legends. All participants also will receive a free t-shirt. To register, please visit www.StMaryHealthcare.org/jogforjoints or call 215.710.5888. Free parking is available in the St. Mary parking garage. Parking at the back of the campus is restricted for emergency services.

A brunch following the run/walk will include a brief speaker program featuring Dr. George Cautilli, Medical Director, St. Mary Joint Replacement Center, as well as a patient who received joint replacement at St. Mary. New this year, two-time Super Bowl Champion punter Sean Landeta and former Eagles stand-out linebacker Garry Cobb will be honorary team captains. Guests will be assigned teams and compete in categories such as team spirit and highest number of medals earned. Additionally, Hollis Thomas, former Eagles defensive tackle, Kyle Eckel, former Eagles fullback, and Barrett Brooks, former Eagles offensive tackle, are scheduled to attend the event and be available for photographs and autographs.

St. Mary Orthopedic Center physicians, therapists, and staff will be at the event reception. In addition, there will be opportunities to learn about additional St. Mary services and resources, such as physical therapy, joint pain seminars, bariatric surgery, wellness programs, and more.

“There are many benefits to living an active lifestyle, and Jog for Joints is a great opportunity for people to get out there and participate,” says Cautilli. “We host this event to raise awareness of our comprehensive orthopedic services and to celebrate the accomplishments of our joint replacement patients.”

Cautilli also emphasizes the importance of maintaining good muscular and skeletal health as well as high-tech, advanced orthopedic care in a convenient close-to-home setting. The St. Mary Orthopedic Center offers a full range of comprehensive services, including advanced diagnostics, state-of-the-art orthopedic operating rooms, minimally invasive surgical techniques, personalized rehabilitation including physical and occupational therapy, pain management, and patient education. Joint Pain Seminars are held to educate the community about causes, factors, and treatments available.

In addition, St. Mary continues to develop innovative programs involving wellness, fitness, physical and occupational therapies, and holistic healing to meet the needs of our community. Recently, St. Mary introduced Next Day Orthopedics, a customer-focused service designed to help patients who need immediate treatment for a sudden injury or dramatic increase in back, joint, hand, or muscle pain. With one call, a person can get an appointment to see the right orthopedic sub-specialist for their specific orthopedic problem within one business day.

“With Next Day Orthopedics, patients are getting quick access to some of the best specialty orthopedic care in the region, says Dr. Richard Cautilli, Chair of Orthopedics at St. Mary Medical Center. “This convenience is backed by the expertise of our highly experienced board-certified surgeons who have attained the highest levels of credentials and specialty training. Patients calling Next Day Orthopedics will see the right orthopedic specialist for their specific problem.”

Our medical professionals have attained the highest level of credentials, specialty training, and experience in orthopedic, sports medicine, pain management, and trauma services. Our expert physicians treat a wide range of conditions including fractures, orthopedic trauma, and diseases of the neck, spine, hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, hand, and foot using the most advanced treatments, techniques, and technology. In 2013, St. Mary orthopedic surgeons performed more than 3,000 procedures.

“From our dedicated orthopedic nursing unit to our pain management and innovative wellness and sports care programs, our interdisciplinary approach is designed to enhance and speed recovery,” says Monica Eckhardt, Service Line Administrator, Neurosciences and Orthopedics, St. Mary Medical Center.

The median age in Bucks County is increasing at a rate that is twice the national average. Over the next 10 years, the Baby Boomer population segment (ages 45-64) in the county will increase by 23 percent. Likewise, the senior population group (ages 65+) will increase 28 percent. These statistics demonstrate the increasing need for orthopedic services in the region.

The St. Mary Joint Replacement Center, which is a part of the St. Mary Orthopedic Center, was the first program in Pennsylvania and among a select few nationwide to earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for this disease-specific care. A leader in adapting evidence-based practices, St. Mary also is designated as a Blue Distinction Plus Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Independence Blue Cross based on its clinical standards of quality, value, and improved patient outcomes. For example, 85 percent of joint-replacement patients are discharged directly to their homes, expecting a return to normal life activities and avoiding lengthy stays and exposure to infections in rehabilitation centers. Also, St. Mary’s average stay length of 2 to 3 days is below the national average, while patient satisfaction scores are in the top 2 percent in the nation.