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St. Mary's Joint and Spine Institute

The Joint and Spine Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center offers a wellness-oriented program for people recovering from joint replacement surgery. Our approach focuses on achieving a high level of patient satisfaction and providing a comfortable, relaxed environment for optimal recovery.

Navigators in the Joint and Spine Institute at St. Mary’s manage care among doctors, nurses and physical and occupational therapists. Patients occupy their own area of the unit floor, where they’re fast-tracked for a successful recovery that includes, in-hospital rehab, in-home therapy and outpatient physical therapy, as needed. Another program plus? Most patients go through various therapies together – a major morale booster, according to patients who’ve gone through the program. 
 
Watch our orientation video on joint and spine surgical procedures.
 
 
 

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St. Mary's Medical Center, call 816-655-5354.

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Ashutosh V. Bapat, MD

CARDIOLOGY

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John C. Ellis, MD

OTORHINOLARYNGOLOG

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James E. Johnson, DO

PAIN MANAGEMENT

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Michael J. Liston, MD,
FACC

CARDIOLOGY

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Alfonso J. Martinez, MD

PULMONOLOGY

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Marco S. Mazzella, MD,
FACC

CARDIOLOGY

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Richard James
McKittrick, MD

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOG

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Subramanian Sivarajan,
MD

NEPHROLOGY

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Russell J. Thornton, DO

FAMILY PRACTICE

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Donald Chris Walker, MD

RADIOLOGY

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Voice of the Patient

  • “I enjoyed both the classes and the exercise. I seemed to get better with the exercise program the longer I attended, which, of course, is the whole point!”
  • “I admired the professionalism of the staff. They were all very cheerful and kept the classes lively and enjoyable. They all are a credit to the hospital.”
  • “Everyone who knows me and my exercise regimen, including my doctors, did not think I would find value in Cardiac Rehab, but I did and it was thanks to the staff.”
  • “The bond that develops between the class participants was an unexpected bonus!”
  • “The most helpful part of the program was the quality care provided by the five nurses. While running on the treadmill, I watched them work with and encourage each of the other patients. You have a great staff!”
  • “The entire program was excellent. The classes were great and the nursing staff was very knowledgeable.”
  • “This program is excellent; it was vital to my full recovery and restored health.”
  • “The program was outstanding. All of it was well planned and the staff was very professional; I appreciated their pleasant smiles and friendly voices.”
  • “The most helpful part of the program was clearly the nursing staff. They took time to clearly define and answer all questions and their working knowledge of anatomy was communicated in terms that all could understand. I especially benefited from the in-depth reviews concerning how the heart worked and how procedures and/or drugs could work to correct issues.”
  • “Thank you for your support and for guiding me through this difficult time. Words cannot express my gratitude for all you have done. Your kindness and compassion is greatly appreciated.”
  • “I was overwhelmed with your kindness and caring.”
  • “Thank you for your extraordinary kindness, guidance and support.”
  • “I could not have done this without you.”
  • “You all are my angels.”
  • “Thank you for your support in a time when I was freaking out.”
  • “The Breast Center put the care in health care.”
  • “I really did not have any comment about how it could have been better. I have been to (patient named 3 other area hospitals) and have had surgery at all three of those facilities. None of them even compare to St. Joseph. I’ve had very good experiences there. Your staff is very welcoming and if I have to have another procedure done. I plan on going to St. Joseph.”
  • “I think that the nurses did an excellent job in taking care of me – they were always there. They did just an excellent job-that’s what I really have to say. And the doctor too did an excellent job taking care of me. I found I got excellent care at St. Joe. I had a very good experience there and I highly recommend it. I had no problem whatsoever.”