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Orthopaedics Continues to Thrive at Highland Hospital

Highland Hospital Orthopaedics has a reputation for world-class medical and surgical services and compassionate care in the comfort of a community hospital. A part of the robust and cohesive service line at UR Medicine Department of Orthopaedics & Physical Medicine, it continues to thrive. “This is the busiest time of the year for Orthopaedics,” said Catherine A. Humphrey, M.D., M.B.A., Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, who has been Chief of Orthopaedics at Highland since 2013. “We are still working to care for patients who put off treatments during the initial phases of the pandemic and we have some new developments to announce.”

“Highland Orthopaedics is a vibrant and vigorous part of our division,” said Paul T. Rubery, M.D., UR Medicine Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics & Physical Medicine. “And we are excited about new initiatives at the hospital.”

Hip Preservation. Highland Orthopaedics recently added a new service line to address arthritis in young, active patients with the goal of maintaining and protecting as much of the natural hip as possible—while reducing pain and improving function. Dr. Brian Giordano is leading this service which will offer hip arthroscopies and osteotomies around the hip. The goal is to reestablish mechanical alignment around the joint to prevent progression of disease.

New Robot. Highland has purchased state of the art navigation technology for total knee arthroplasty. Highland is one of the first hospitals in the country to acquire The VELYS™ Robotic-Assisted Solution, indicated for use with the ATTUNE® Knee System for total knee arthroplasty. Christopher Drinkwater, M.D., is leading this effort. (See related story below).

Increased Volumes. There is excitement in the Orthopaedic group about the new URMC Ambulatory Orthopaedic Center. “The center will expand our footprint in the community,” said Dr. Humphrey. “We have added several more surgeons to the group and will expand what can be offered.”

Orthopaedics continues to address the challenges of the pandemic. “Last summer we were able to push through and make a real dent in the patient backlog that the first surge of COVID-19 created,” said Dr. Humphrey. “Now, like other departments in the hospital, we are facing the shortage of health care workers, but we are still committed to those who turn to us for care.” 

Dr. Humphrey praises the commitment of Highland nurses, leadership, staff and providers and everyone she says who has gone above and beyond during this unprecedented time to care for patients. “We keep rolling with the punches,” said Dr. Humphrey. “Our team is committed to patient care and staying productive. I believe that we were able to get back on our feet so quickly and be more productive than many others in our community because Highland was so well organized right from the beginning. A key group of people including hospital and surgical leadership met on a daily basis to address the ever changing mandates to keep surgeries going and patients getting care. I am confident we will survive and thrive as we face the future.”


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