The Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center in Meriden is the first in the country to receive Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission. The certification follows a rigorous review by The Joint Commission, an independent organization dedicated to improving healthcare for the public.

“This achievement demonstrates the commitment of our surgeons and staff at the Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute to high-quality patient care,” said John McCallum, M.D., COI medical director. “As the first in the country to receive this distinction, combined with our advanced certification in hip and knee replacement, our program provides a destination, right here in Connecticut, where a patient can confidently have access to some of the best care in the entire country.

The thorough, two-day, in-person review determined that the Institute met The Joint Commission’s stringent standards for advanced certification. The evaluation validated COI’s pre-operative care and education; standardization of practices, procedures and care for patients; and emphasized everything from pre- to post-operative consults with the spine surgeons to communication and collaboration between clinicians. It also evaluated the consistent use of care teams and compliance with clinical practice guidelines. In addition, the Joint Commission determined that the Institute met rigorous standards of care based on data collection guidelines, and participates as required in the American Spine Registry, which measures clinical complications and outcomes. To be eligible for the certification, the Institute must have served at least 200 spine patients.

“Our first-in-the-nation achievement of this certification is a testament to the exceptional, patient-centered, coordinated care for spinal surgery patients,” said Joel Bauman, M.D, chief of neurosurgery for Hartford HealthCare’s Central Region. “Our first-class multidisciplinary team has led the way to improved spine surgery experiences and outcomes. We look forward to the continuous improvement journey in care of our spine surgery patients in the years to come.”

Spine disease is one of the most prevalent diseases, with more than 1.2 million surgeries performed each year in the U.S., according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

via Hartford Healthcare

World-class care and convenience were the founding principles that launched Connecticut Orthopaedics as a small, two-physician practice in 1963.

We’ve grown exponentially since then, becoming New England’s largest private orthopaedic practice, but our mission remains the same – offer convenient, expert care in the communities we serve.

It was with this mission in mind that we created our continuum of care – a process designed to guide our patients from consultation, to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, all under one roof, at the highest level, and close to home.

With a range of services that includes urgent care, imaging, sports therapy, rehab, and a orthopaedic-only outpatient surgical centers, our patients benefit from a seamless transition of care, often leading to improved outcomes and experiences.

“The continuum of care we’ve created allows us to provide better service to our patients,” said Dr. Patrick Ruwe, President of Connecticut Orthopaedics. “There are no gaps, no scheduling difficulties, no long waits to get test results – and it all happens in a comfortable setting close to where our patients live, it’s invaluable.”

Connecticut Orthopaedics physicians are rooted in the communities they serve, but bring with them training and experiences from many of the leading institutions across the U.S.

“Our physicians have all gone to top-tier schools, received premier residency training and gone to the best fellowship programs in the country,” said Ruwe. “They’re exceptionally well trained, have enormous clinical experience, and are integrated members of the community – that’s a very significant combination.”

With an unrivaled breadth of services and world-class surgeons and doctors specializing in every aspect of the musculoskeletal system, there’s simply no better choice for your orthopaedic care than Connecticut Orthopaedics.

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Dr. Jordan Gruskay is a surgical sports medicine specialist treating conditions of the shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow, with a focus on knee and hip preservation. He grew up in Bethany, CT and attended Amherst College and the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gruskay completed his orthopedic training at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), where he discovered his passion for sports medicine, treating athletes from the New York Giants, Mets, Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets. He completed a fellowship in Vail, Colorado at the renowned Steadman Clinic and Steadman-Philippon Research Institute. As part of the National Olympic Committee Medical Center, Dr. Gruskay spent time taking care of athletes from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team and continues to be a physician for the team.

He will be seeing patients in four different offices:

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AnighoroDr. Kenoma Anighoro is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery. Dr. Anighoro grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Yale University and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dr. Anighoro completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, a clinically focused teaching institution. Dr. Anighoro completed additional training in complex hip and knee replacement at the Dell Medical School of the University of Texas at Austin. There, Dr. Anighoro was involved with the development and implementation of comprehensive, high quality musculoskeletal services focused on maximizing measured patient outcomes in joint replacement.

He will be seeing patients in three different offices:

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