SOURCE: Oakwood Common

October 15, 2014 09:05 ET

Patients Experience Faster Recoveries and Shorter Stays at Bone & Joint Rehabilitation Institute in Dearborn

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2014) - Before John Goch, 62, received a hip replacement at Oakwood Heritage hospital last month, he described his pain level as 10 plus, every day, all day. 

"Immediately following my surgery, it was only one or less," said Goch, whose wife Elizabeth Goch is division president of Oakwood post-acute care. "Even though my wife had done a lot of research before the surgery, I was amazed at how quickly I felt good."

On the Monday following his Friday surgery, Goch was transferred to the Bone and Joint Institute located within the Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center on Oakwood Common's campus in Dearborn.

Goch's rehabilitation regimen included two to three hours of therapy each day with occupational and physical therapy specialists.

"We worked together to help John meet his goals," said Dr. Susha Thomas, physical therapy supervisor. ""He was able to walk 18 steps, up and down, on the second day of therapy. It was one of his goals to use stairs, to be able to relax in the family room when he returned home. His determination and positive attitude made my job 100 percent easier."

Goch agreed that he did everything the therapists asked him to do, realizing that their guidance helped him get up and walking with only the assistance of a cane by the second day. As a result of this teamwork between patient and therapists, he was able to go home within seven days following his surgery.

"John made exceptional progress," said Carl Cottrill, administrator of Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, who shared that the average stay for patients rehabbing after orthopedic procedures is typically seven to 14 days. Goch's diligence in following his care plan helped make his stay on the short end of the spectrum.

"Our goal is to ensure that all our patients receive comprehensive care from a team of specialists who enable them to achieve their mobility goals and help them go home as soon as they're ready," said Cottrill. "We have the ideal space, rehab equipment, and well trained, caring staff to make this possible."

About Oakwood Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center
Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center is located on the beautiful 29-acre campus of Oakwood Common at 16351 Rotunda Drive in Dearborn. In the 2014 audit of nursing centers by the Michigan Bureau of Health Services, Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing received zero percent deficiencies, which occurs in only the top three percent of facilities in Michigan that are certified for Medicare and Medicaid services. In addition to the Bone & Joint Rehab Institute, comprehensive rehabilitation and skilled nursing, Oakwood Common offers independent and assisted living apartments with exceptional amenities and services. For more information about Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, call 313-253-9700 or visit To arrange a personal tour of the Oakwood Common campus, call 1-800-642-4663.

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    Oakwood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center
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