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Washington Hospital Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research

June 05, 2012

Facility’s Opening Marks the Beginning of a New Era for Joint Care

Washington Hospital formally opened the building that will house its new program, the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research at Washington Hospital, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday, May 17. The Institute for Joint Restoration and Research is a huge step forward for its current, award-winning joint replacement program.

Today, Washington Hospital treats more than 1,200 joint replacement patients every year and is renowned for achieving consistently superior patient outcomes. Lead by co-medical directors Dr. John Dearborn and Dr. Alexander Sah, it is ranked as one of the top programs of its kind, not just in the Bay Area, but across the country. Washington Hospital has been named as a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ and Among the Top 5% in the Nation for the 6th year in a row (2007-2012), and as the best hospital for Joint Replacement in the Bay Area.

“Completion of the facility represents an exciting milestone for Washington Hospital Healthcare System’s main campus, both today and for the future,” noted Nancy Farber, Chief Executive Officer of Washington Hospital Healthcare System. “At Washington Hospital, it has been our tradition to look to the future while keeping our feet planted firmly on today’s ground. In this way, we are always ready to fulfill the healthcare needs of our community.”

Within the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research at Washington Hospital, related patient services are under one roof, with easy access to the main Hospital and surgical rooms. Other features include all-private patient rooms and expansive therapy and common areas. The facility includes a semi-circular outdoor rehabilitation garden and patio area, with a range of walking surfaces and elevations. This area is specifically designed to give patients an opportunity to practice and build confidence about navigating their surroundings outside the hospital.

“The new facility was specifically constructed to meet the unique needs of joint replacement patients in every possible way,” said Dr. Dearborn. “All of the facility’s features are intended to support patient recovery, enabling people to resume their normal activities as quickly as possible through a direct transition from hospital to home.”

The building’s overall design integrates properties of natural light and “green” features to support a healthy, healing environment for patients.

“I am pleased that we also considered the health of the environment throughout the facility’s design and construction by making every possible effort to conserve and protect resources,” said Farber.

The new facility for the Institute for Joint Restoration and Research at Washington Hospital will be open to patients in early June.

To learn more about the award-winning joint replacement program at Washington Hospital, visit