Orthopedic Staff

The members of the orthopedic team work very closely with one another to provide the best individualized care to each patient. We are committed to this team approach and to your recovery. Our team members include:

Physicians
One or more physicians oversee your care and treatment decisions. You will receive a regular visit from your physician or associate. If you have a question about your surgery or hospital course, this is the person to ask.

Registered Nurses and Ortho Care Technicians
RNs and OCTs make up your primary nursing team. A specific RN and OCT will be assigned to provide your bedside care throughout their shift. A supervising nurse will also make rounds to your room during each shift.  If your doctor has ordered special ortho equipment as part of your care, the OCT will be the one to set it up and then make rounds to check on you and your equipment.

Physical Therapists
Your PT will teach you proper and safe techniques for exercises, bed mobility, transfers in and out of chairs and automobiles, walking with crutches or walker and negotiating stairs.  They will reinforce precautions and help you optimize the use of any specialized equipment.

Occupational Therapists
Your OT will teach you proper and safe techniques for bathing, toileting and dressing.  They will instruct you in the use of adaptive equipment and reinforce your hip dislocation precautions. They will help you assess your bathroom and the durable medical equipment you purchased.  
 
Pharmacists
A pharmacist responsible for the orthopedic unit patients will evaluate your medications for possible interactions and their impact on your disease or condition. The pharmacist is available to give drug information to staff and patients.

Spiritual Care
A member of our spiritual care service is available to visit patients admitted to the hospital, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Providence chaplains provide a confidential, listening presence for patients, family and staff. They minister to persons of all faiths and those with no faith tradition, honoring each individual’s spiritual journey and values.  We can also arrange for harp music with our therapeutic musician.  Please ask your nurse to page any time 88-4673.

Others involved in your care may include a dietitian, transporters, discharge planners, laboratory personnel, and depending on your individual needs, members of other departments, such as Radiology or EKG.

For more information
To learn more about Providence Orthopedic Services, call (907) 212-5606, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online health library.