Dr. Jon Cornelius performs first robotic-assisted TKR in Tennessee — 4 observations

Adam Schrag from Beckersspine.com reports “Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon (Tenn.) Medical Director of Orthopedics Jon Cornelius, MD, performed the first robotic-assisted TKR operation in the state, according to The Lebanon Democrat.

Here are four things to know:

1. Dr. Cornelius has performed over 250 robotic-assisted partial knee and hip replacement procedures at Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon.

2. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthopedic nurses, physical and occupation therapists and a total knee joint program coordinator create a unique surgical plan for each patient.

3. Dr. Cornelius said, “Robotic technology is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy.”

4. The hospital is the first in Tennessee to offer robotic-assisted TKR surgery.”

The article can be located at beckersspine.com

Father and Son Present Topics in Emerging Treatments in Arthritis

Father and Son Present Topics in Emerging Treatments in Arthritis

Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, and his son, Champ L. Baker III, MD, are presenters at the SEC Sports Injury Update in Nashville, TN, on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
Dr. Baker, Jr., will present “Fat Transfer for Stem Cells in Arthritis” and Dr. Baker III, will present, “Subchondroplasty of the Knee” Both physicians participated in the Emerging Treatments in Arthritis session.
Hosted by the Southern Orthopaedic Association, the SEC Sports Injury Update draws sports medicine specialists throughout the US and is traditionally held during the SEC Basketball Tournament.

Former Auburn Athletic Trainer Kenny Howard dies at age 90

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Former Auburn Athletic Trainer Kenny Howard dies at age 90

Kenny Howard, former Auburn University Athletic Trainer and US Olympic Trainer, died Monday, February 27, in his sleep. He was 90.

After graduating from Auburn University in 1948, Howard became Auburn’s head athletic trainer and was also the football trainer throughout Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan’s career (1951-1975).

Back in 1951, Howard was hunting for a team physician and finding it nearly impossible, when Jack Hughston MD, came to Coach Jordan’s office, and asked if he could become the Tigers’ team physician.

”Coach Jordan said he’d never heard of such a thing and told Kenny it was up to him,” Dr. Hughston recalled in a 1997 interview with Valerie Hunt from the NATA News. During the same interview, Howard said that he had trouble finding a physician because they didn’t have team physicians or a sports specialty back then. Howard and Hughston formed a lifelong friendship while developing the first-ever sports medicine program at Auburn.

Howard served as the trainer for the US Olympic track team at Helsinki in 1952 and for the swim team at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. He was also the trainer for two World University Games, two Senior Bowls, and for 10 years he served as a trainer for the Alabama Blue-Gray All-star game. Additionally, from 1976 to 1980, Howard was the first assistant athletic director for Olympic sports at Auburn University.

After retiring from Auburn in 1980, Howard came to work with Dr. Hughston at the Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation (HSMF) in Columbus, GA. During his tenure at the HSMF, he worked with Dr. Hughston and other Hughston physicians to form the Kenny Howard Athletic Training Fellowship with Auburn University. The program is still vital today. Howard retired from HSMF in 1995.

In 1998, Howard received the Outstanding Trainer Award by the All-American Football Foundation. In 2000 he was inducted into the City of Auburn’s Walk of Fame. The Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame honored him with the “Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football” award in 2001. Additionally, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, the first athletic trainer to receive this honor. He was a member of the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame, the Alabama Trainers Association Hall of Fame, the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame, the Hughston Society, the Auburn A-Club and Auburn Football Lettermen Club, and the City of Auburn Tiger Trail. He was an Honorary Member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He was also a member of the Auburn City Council from 1984 through 1987.


Visitation will be held at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, AL, on Sunday, March 5, from 4 to 6 pm. Funeral service will be at Auburn United Methodist Church Monday, March 6, at 2 pm, with Dr. George Mathison officiating. Honorary bearers will be Bobby Buisson, Glen Hess, David Housel, Ken Johns, Ron Myers, Dr. Lyle Norwood, Jerry Talkington, Hub Waldrop, and the late Dr. Jack Hughston.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Kenny Howard Fellowship through the Auburn University Foundation, 317 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36830.


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Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD presents his new stem cell treatment

Headshot for Champ L. Baker, Jr., MDChamp L. Baker, Jr., MD, gave 2 presentations this fall on Lipogems®, a new stem cell treatment for arthritis of the hip, knee, and shoulder. The first talk, given in October, “How I use Stem Cells in my Practice,” was presented as an innovative technique at The Knee Course in Las Vegas. The second talk, “The Use of Lipoaspirated Adipose Tissue in the Knee” was presented at Real Life Orthopaedics in Atlanta in November. Both presentations were well received by physicians interested in offering their patients state-of-the-art stem cell treatments as an alternative to surgery.
These stem cell treatments are actually comprehensive regenerative treatments that use the patient’s adipose or fat tissue to repair damaged tissues. Fat is biologically active; it forms an environment rich in stem and other cells that promote healing. Researchers have been aware of the healing power of fat since the time of World War I when it was used to help heal soldiers’ wounds. Today, physicians are using fat to repair tissue damaged by arthritis.
During the procedure, fat is drawn from the abdomen or thigh using local anesthesia. The fat is then placed in a Lipogems® device that cleans and separates the inflammatory oils and blood from the beneficial components of the fat tissue. Using ultrasound guidance for precision, the processed mixture, or lipoaspirate, is then injected into the injured area. The injected cells are not reabsorbed by the body, but remain at the injection site, providing cushioning and support for damaged tissue while the body heals itself. Most Lipogems® treatments are performed on an outpatient basis and take about an hour. The procedure can also be used in conjunction with surgical treatment to help the body repair damaged tissue.
Dr. Baker currently offers Lipogems® treatment at The Hughston Clinic. However, as most insurance companies do not yet cover the procedure, the patient is responsible for the full cost which can range from $3,500 to $4,500. Interested patients can make an appointment with Dr. Baker to find out whether the procedure is right for them. Patients are encouraged to bring recent x-rays and MRIs with them, but should be aware that further imaging studies may be required.

Third-Year Residents Win First-Place Award

3rd Year Residents Holding AwardThird- year residents from the Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Residency Program, Timothy Beals, DO; Samuel Pitts, DO; and Samuel Thomas, DO, received the first-place award for diagnostic and management problem solving at the Fall 2016 William F. Enneking Seminar in Musculoskeletal Pathology. The program was held at the College of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville on October 24-28. The week-long seminar covered basic musculoskeletal pathology, radiographic and imaging staging techniques, histologic diagnosis, and the treatment of musculoskeletal lesions. The residents’ team scored the highest out of approximately 30 groups in the seminar’s diagnostic decision-making competition.

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Newly Released Healthgrades Study of Patient Outcomes in Nearly 4,500 Hospitals Finds

Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Among Best in Nation



Phenix City, AL(October 18, 2016) – Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital released today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacement. Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacement.


The achievement is part of findings released 10/18/2016 in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.


Additionally, from 2013-2015, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award have, on average 38.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.* From 2013-2015, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award have, on average 1.64 times more likely to experience one or more complications in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.*


Moreover, from 2013-2015, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award have, on average 60.3% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.* From 2013-2015, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award have, on average 2.52 times more likely to experience one or more complications in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.*


“In today’s healthcare environment, patients have a wide choice when it comes to selecting a healthcare provider. We are grateful to our patients for trusting us with their orthopaedic needs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each physician and all of our employees as well who, as a team, work tirelessly on a daily basis to continue our legacy. Our dedication and commitment to the community to provide quality care and outstanding patient outcomes is validated and confirmed by being an honored recipient of this award. It is also humbling to realize that this marks our fifth consecutive year in achieving this recognition.”  Mark Baker, CEO of Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital and Hughston Clinic.


Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital strives for excellence always and are held to high expectations on a leadership level.  The experienced team at Jack Hughston has worked very hard for these achievements.  They are consistent in their message and that is to always provide excellent service in orthopaedic care and to treat their patients as they would want one of their family members treated.


Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital is one of only 4 hospitals in the nation to be named America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacement for 6 years in a row ((2012-2017).


In addition to these recognitions Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital  is also a 2017 Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Hip Fracture Treatment, Spinal Fusion Surgery and was also acknowledged earlier this year for there clinical excellence in Patient Safety as a recipient in 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™.


“The Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in the quality observed among the Nation’s hospitals, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at specific hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “A given community may have many hospitals, but only a precious few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 100 Best Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacement distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care.”


*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.




**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.




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Dr. Pahl selected as one of the Public Affairs Committee for the NASS

Hughston congratulates Dr. Pahl for being selected as one of the Public Affairs Committee for the North American Spine Society (NASS) early this year. He began his three year term last week at the annual meeting.

The Public Affairs Committee develops and provides oversight of NASS public information efforts targeting consumers, NASS members and the broader spine community. Activities include promotion of NASS’ mission through web site content, promotional campaigns, and other print, electronic or broadcast opportunities.

Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Is Becoming Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics

The Hughston Clinic, a nationally known orthopaedic group, is pleased to announce its partnership with Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, based in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide superior orthopaedic care to the mid-Tennessee region. Located in Columbus, Georgia, the Hughston orthopaedic group was founded in 1949 by Jack C. Hughston, MD, and has been recognized both nationally and internationally for quality treatment of musculoskeletal injury and disease. The Hughston Clinic, along with the nationally ranked Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, is physician owned and operated. Premier Orthopaedics will take on the Hughston name and treat patients at eight different locations throughout Tennessee.
Hughston CEO Mark Baker was instrumental in forging a relationship with Premier President, Dr. Joseph A. Wieck, and CEO, Linda ClenDening, as well as their exceptionally skilled orthopaedic physicians. Since assuming office in 2009, Mr. Baker has been working to make Jack Hughston’s vision of offering the highest level of orthopaedic and trauma care in the Southeast a reality. Currently, the Hughston Clinic manages several orthopaedic clinics and orthopaedics in Level II trauma centers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee. “We are excited about our partnership with Premier Orthopaedics,“ states Baker. “Together we will build an organization that centers itself on excellence and customer service in providing the best orthopaedic care to Nashville and the surrounding area. Hughston will provide the organizational infrastructure that will ensure a parallel track in providing a nimble and focused administration for a group of physicians who deliver high quality care.” Premier President Dr. Joseph A. Wieck agrees: “The physicians of Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are excited to be affiliated with the world-renowned Hughston Clinic – a long-time, recognized leader in patient care for orthopaedic services. We are made stronger and are better able to face the challenges in the current healthcare environment through this relationship.”


The alliance with Premier Orthopaedics will allow Hughston’s organizational infrastructure to bring economies of scale and adaptation to an ever-changing environment of healthcare in the Southeast. The Premier physicians, who will begin seeing patients under the Hughston name on September 26th of this year, specialize in general orthopaedics, including bone health, fracture care, foot & ankle, elbow, hand, hip, knee, shoulder, osteoporosis, as well as spinal problems and sports medicine.





Hughston Foundation

Hughston Foundation

At Hughston Clinic and the Hughston Foundation, we believe that to the exact degree possible, people shouldn’t be in pain. They shouldn’t have the free and easy movement of any parts of their body restricted. They shouldn’t be denied participation in the activities they enjoy.

We believe that despite the myriad traumas that may befall the musculoskeletal system—from sports or any other cause—people should be able to work, play, and live their lives with the highest degree of freedom and comfort modern science and medicine can provide.

That’s what Hughston Foundation is all about.

Hughston Foundation seeks to continually push the boundaries of orthopaedic medicine finding new and better ways to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.  Since our founding in 1968, we have helped improve the skill and knowledge of literally hundreds of orthopaedists and physicians through residency and fellowship programs, and helped advance the science of orthopaedics through a wide range of clinical research. Hughston Foundation has also provided support for regional high school athletics for more than 60 years.