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Rick's Story

As a retired high school basketball coach and official, Rick loved the game of basketball. He hoped to be able to teach his grandkids the game – making them better players and better people – but his knee pain began to slow him down.

When other pain management techniques no longer worked, he knew it was time. Rick needed a total knee replacement and discussed options with his orthopaedic surgeon.

“I jumped at the chance to be one of the first ones in the new [ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital] facility,” said Rick.

When the staff handed Rick a t-shirt and shorts instead of a patient gown, he knew Wildwood was a unique place made just for orthopaedic patients like him.

Rick was impressed by the quality of care he received from the entire medical team. From the physical therapists to the nurses, everyone was friendly and concerned with his well-being. He felt very safe and comfortable under their watch, calling their care “out of this world.”

Today, Rick is back doing the things he lives to do. He is shooting hoops with his grandkids, golfing four to five times a week and just enjoying life.

“I feel great,” said Rick. “My whole mental outlook on life has changed because of the fact that I no longer have pain, and I have nothing but thanks for the people at Wildwood.”

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