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For Immediate Release:  December 6, 2017

Mullica Township woman grateful for new hip

Rothman Institute, AtlantiCare partner in
Operation Walk USA initiative

 

An AtlantiCare Community Health Services patient had hip surgery December 5 through Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare’s participation in Operation Walk USA 2017.

Operation Walk USA takes place each December as an annual tradition of giving back through hospital, surgeon and medical and support services and staff participation. The program provides all aspects of treatment surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care at no cost to participating patients who might not qualify for government health coverage, might not have insurance or cannot otherwise afford surgery on their own.

Rothman Institute Orthopaedics collaborated with AtlantiCare Community Health Services, located in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City, to select a patient. Betty Morgan, of Mullica Township in Elwood, New Jersey, met the clinical and financial parameters of Operation Walk participation.

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Left to right are Heather Schultz, RN, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Musculoskeletal Institute;
Betty Morgan, and Zachary Post, M.D., surgeon, Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare.
 

Morgan is a school bus driver. Certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) in equine assisted therapy, she teaches therapeutic horseback riding at Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, in Egg Harbor Township. Morgan also volunteers for Atlantic County 4-H and South Jersey Horse Rescue.

“Mrs. Morgan had severe degenerative arthritis of her left hip that she lived with for years,” said Zachary Post, M.D. surgeon, Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare, who with the AtlantiCare surgical team, performed a total left hip replacement for Morgan. The surgery took place at the Musculoskeletal Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus in Pomona, NJ.

“The pain had gotten progressively worse,” said Morgan. “Last winter I had to walk with two canes. I was so surprised when I got the call that I’d be getting a new hip. The week before the call I was in so much pain I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to get through it.”

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Greg Goff, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center physical therapist, is with Betty Morgan as she took her first post-surgery steps.

 

“I think this is a good way to give back,” Said Post. “I met Mrs. Morgan after the AtlantiCare clinic referred her as a possible candidate for this program. I thought, ‘This is a perfectly deserving person who has a bad hip who can benefit from hip replacement.’ “

“She was emotional and grateful that we could help her,” said Post. “We’ve all been blessed. We have abilities and skills that we’ve been honing for years. This is a quality of life operation that we were privileged to provide her.”

“Everyone has been so wonderful,” said Morgan.

About Operation Walk USA

Operation Walk USA began in 2010 following the tremendous success of Operation Walk, an international volunteer medical service organization that provides treatment for patients with arthritis and joint conditions in developing countries. To date, nearly 702 patients received help through Operation Walk USA, held in the month of December, annually since 2010. Since inception, Operation Walk USA provided knee and hip replacement surgeries valued at more than $18.9 million.

Device manufacturers DePuy Synthes, DJO, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Total Joint Orthopedics, and Zimmer Biomet donated the hip and knee implants for the 2017 Operation Walk USA. Ortech Data, Inc. donated technology for electronic medical record (EMR) management. 

Operation Walk USA 2017 facts:

  • Operation Walk USA 2017 will be held at 36 hospitals throughout the country, December 4-9.
  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to participate in the initiative.
  • An estimated 40 orthopaedic surgeons will provide hip and joint replacements, free of charge, to 60 patients in 23 states.
  • Operation Walk USA 2017 is based on the successful experiences of Operation Walk, which has provided hip and knee replacements to thousands of patients throughout the world since 1996.
  • This is the eighth year for Operation Walk USA, which has provided free total joint replacement to more than 700 patients to date.
  • To find a list of participating orthopaedic surgeons and cities, visit www.opwalkusa.com, or follow Operation Walk USA 2017 on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about the AtlantiCare or to find a provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Nearly 5,900 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org

Richard Cushman,  (O) 267-339-3694, (C) 856-905-4344, richard.cushman@rothmaninstitute.com

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