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Center for Musculoskeletal Care provides multidisciplinary expertise

January 30, 2017

A broad range of specialist care and access to cutting-edge clinical research distinguish the new center.

During the past several years we’ve put considerable effort into expanding our clinical practice, recruiting outstanding faculty, and augmenting our research infrastructure to support the development of novel therapeutics. We have also recognized the need to integrate the delivery of our clinical care based upon the needs of our patients, which goes beyond the traditional academic definitions of care delivery.

The Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC) delivers on our promise to provide world class care by putting patients at the center of a multidisciplinary team that is dedicated to caring for patients with conditions affecting muscles, joints, bones, and nerves. Under the leadership of Mary O’Connor, MD, the CMC provides specialty care by more than 20 specialists and subspecialists in orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, physiatry, pain medicine, musculoskeletal radiology, and rheumatology. Offering such a broad range of expertise supports collaboration between providers, promoting better quality while containing costs. As we seek to expand our reach across the state, this is a critical aspect of the center that differentiates us from our peers in an increasingly competitive market.

In addition to offering patients coordinated care in one place—often on the same day—the CMC care model accelerates the process of clinical discovery. We know that clinical research can truly transform patient care and outcomes. The CMC team has the ability to direct patients to available trials without depending on individual PIs to drive study accrual. This increased ability to effectively enroll patients in and conduct clinical trials will allow us to create new knowledge at a faster pace and offer cutting edge therapies to patients that may be unavailable elsewhere. It has the added benefit of giving us a competitive edge for extramural grant funding and attracting industry sponsors.

The center’s creation has furthermore allowed us to recruit and expand our pool of talented faculty, many of whom are engaged in clinical investigation at the bedside. To date, 11 faculty members have joined our ranks through the CMC, enhancing our clinical and research expertise and broadening access to care.

The CMC in Stamford, which opened in mid-September, is located in the Long Ridge Medical Center, a newly renovated building that is a joint venture between Yale Medicine and Greenwich Hospital. It allows us to provide our expertise and comprehensive services at a convenient location outside of New Haven. Furthermore, the CMC in Stamford features innovative physical space that was designed to put patients at ease: Consultations are conducted in conference rooms that are adjacent to exam rooms, a setup that facilitates conversations and the sharing of information.

Going forward, plans for the CMC include opening a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center on the Saint Raphael campus in early 2018. This aligns with the trend of an increasing number of outpatient procedures—including hip replacements and some spinal procedures—that can be performed at a lower cost in an ambulatory center. We are also exploring locations for an ambulatory clinic hub and performance lab in New Haven that will be an integral component of how we evaluate patients. As with the Stamford location, this will provide patients with additional options for multidisciplinary care under one roof.