Hear an orthopedic surgeon’s perspective on resuming elective procedures

In this episode, Crystal Dugger, HealthTrust’s Vice President, Clinical Services talks to Dr. Craig Morrison from the Southern Joint Replacement Institute in Nashville, Tennessee.  Dr. Morrison talks about his 20 years of experience with joint replacement, resuming care, and new hospital protocols.  We also discuss leveraging technology, patient care innovation, and Dr. Morrison’s deep appreciation for frontline staff.  This is an episode about safety, the new normal, and improving quality of life, one procedure at a time.  Dr. Morrison is a wealth of knowledge and we hope you feel inspired after this episode.

  • 1:03 – Returning to normal volume
  • 1:53 – Patient care and safety
  • 3:24 – Use and future of telehealth care
  • 4:55 – How innovation creates change
  • 6:53 – Communicating effectively with patients (telehealth)
  • 8:45 – Resuming care; specifically orthopedic care
  • 11:00 – Defining elective procedures
  • 13:36 – Patient expectations moving forward
  • 15:25 – Squashing mask fears
  • 16:58 – Risk in putting off procedures
  • 23:11 – Testing procedures and best practices

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Dr. Craig Morrison
Dr. Craig Morrison, Orthopedic Surgeon, Southern Joint Replacement Institute

The medical community is constantly seeking new methods to better care for those in need. Research in joint replacement not only improves the quality of care we can offer our own patients, but when shared with the national and international community, this commitment to innovation improves care for all joint replacement patients.” Originally from Texas, Dr. Morrison came to Nashville in 1996 for his orthopedic residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He completed his training in 2001 and was recognized as an outstanding resident in the education of medical students by the Vanderbilt General Surgery Department. Dr. Morrison joined SJRI in August of 2002 after completing his Otto Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. This program provides specialty training in joint replacement surgery. Dr. Morrison has authored several articles and book chapters in leading joint replacement publications. He lectures nationally and internationally. His expertise is in primary and revision replacement surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. He has a special interest in medical mission work and has performed joint replacements in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and India. Speaks Spanish as well as English!

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