For Pat Laporte, a brisk New England fall afternoon is the perfect backdrop for a pick-up soccer game with her beloved grandchildren. However, until recently, running around and playing with the little ones was painful due to her failing knees. About 18 months ago, Laporte realized that increasing pain in her knees was preventing her from lacing up her sneakers enjoying those special moments to their fullest.
“I came to the hospital because the pain in my knees was so bad I couldn’t walk or play with the kids,” she says. “I just decided this is not my lifestyle, so I went to Dr. Lehman.”
Dr. Andrew Lehman of New England Orthopedic Surgeons arranged to have Pat’s left knee totally replaced at the Baystate Orthopedic Surgery Center. Joint replacement surgery is performed to replace all or part of the joint with an artificial implant, and is well proven to relieve the pain of arthritis and can greatly improve functional status.
“Dr. Lehman was absolutely wonderful. He’d come to see me and make me feel great; I would recommend him to anybody,” Laporte says.
Laporte is just one of many faces that reflect nationally recognized, award winning care at Baystate Medical Center. U.S. News & World Report has rated Baystate Medical Center as part of an elite group of 34 “high performing” hospitals in a new form of evaluation that rates hospitals on how well they perform.
More than 1,000 total joint replacement (TJR) procedures are performed annually through the Baystate Medical Center Hip & Knee Replacement Program.
“It is important for patients, in consultation with their doctors, to be able to research a hospital and know the hospital has treated a sufficient number of patients like them,” says Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “Our Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings give patients access to more information and help them make more-informed choices among the hospitals in their communities.”
Baystate is only one of three hospitals in New England to be rated as “high performing” in an analysis of 4,600 hospitals nationwide in the magazine’s new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings.
“This latest honor from U.S. News & World Report, in addition to already placing in its Best Hospitals report, is further recognition of the world-class care available to patients at Baystate Medical Center. It is truly an honor and a testament to our clinicians and staff who strive to deliver safe, high-quality care for our patients every day,” says Dr. Evan Benjamin, senior vice president for Quality and Population Health and chief quality officer for Baystate Health.
Back for Seconds
Laporte’s left knee surgery went so well, she opted to have her right knee operated on six weeks later. Dr. Lehman, once again, answered the call.
“I decided that I was going to be back and doing things,” Laporte says with conviction.
Including those backyard soccer games and anything else her two grandsons and two granddaughters put their minds to.
“I am now riding my bike, walking, and playing golf, so life is great," says Laporte. "Best of all, I can play with the kids and run around.”