The SLCH Center for Joint Replacement on the Newburgh campus offers enhanced, top-notch care, a comfortable and a beautiful hotel-like environment. All of the rooms in the Total Joint Center are private and feature upscale amenities including flat-screen TVs, in-suite sinks and mountain or river views. As the region's most comprehensive Center for Joint Replacement, SLCH is quickly becoming the center of choice for those requiring hip or knee replacement.


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St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital Newburgh campus is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Empire BlueCross BlueShield has selected St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. The SLCH Center for Joint Replacement is led by Medical Director, John McLaughlin, MD, and offers the full gamut of joint replacement including the knee, hip, and shoulder; performed by a highly trained, qualified team of orthopedic surgeons on the staff of SLCH. 


As a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, SLCH demonstrates expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions.


With this designation, SLCH's Center for Joint Replacement is a nationally designated healthcare facility shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.


Specialists for Every Joint

The St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital Medical Staff includes highly trained orthopedic surgeons who can collectively treat every joint in the body. Areas of focus include:


Total Hip Replacement
Hip replacement surgery, also known as Total Hip Arthroplasty, involves removing the diseased hip joint and replacing it with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. Hip prostheses consist of a ball component, made of metal or ceramic, and a socket, which has an insert or liner made of plastic, ceramic or metal. The implants used in hip replacement surgeries are biocompatible, meaning they are designed to be accepted by your body – and they are made to resist corrosion and wear.


Hip replacement surgery is performed on people with hip joint damage from arthritis, an injury or other medical conditions. Followed by rehabilitation, hip replacement surgery can relieve pain and improve the range of motion and function of your hip joint.


Total Knee Replacement
IMG_0529.JPG Knee replacement surgery, also known as Knee Arthroplasty, can help relieve pain and restore function in severely diseased knee joints. During knee replacement, a surgeon cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers.


You and an orthopedic surgeon can choose from a wide variety of designs that take into account your age, weight, activity level and overall health. Most knee replacement joints attempt to replicate your knee's natural ability to roll and glide as it bends. Click the link below to read : "What you need to know before, during and after Total Knee Replacement Surgery" 2369 St Luke's Cornwall Guidebook knee.pdf


Total Shoulder Replacement

The shoulder is the most moveable and flexible joint in the body, which also means it's one of the most fragile. Problems can arise from either chronic wear or sudden injury. These problems can be extremely painful and have life-altering effects if left untreated. Different types of shoulder conditions include: Rotator Cuff damage, Tendonitis and Bursitis.


In some cases, such as advanced arthritis of the shoulder, a shoulder replacement is often recommended. Shoulder replacement involves resurfacing the areas of the bones that meet in the shoulder joint. The ball-shaped end of the upper arm or humerus, is replaced with a metal component, while the socket shaped glenoid cavity of the shoulder blade is relined with special plastic.  


To learn about other Orthopedic services offered at SLCH, please visit Orthopedic Specialties.​