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Catholic Health resumes orthopedic surgery at Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph's campus

After the pandemic suspended elective surgeries in 2020, the hospital will resume orthopedic procedures and become a center of excellence for orthopedic care.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — A year ago the COVID-19 pandemic ended all non-emergency surgeries at area hospitals including Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga. 

Now, after a year on hiatus, Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus is resuming orthopedic surgery. Additionally, the hospital will expand its services, as part of an overhauling plan by Catholic Health, to create a "service-focused center of excellence."

"Our orthopedic co-management group met regularly to plan for the resumption of elective cases, develop new safety protocols, and plan for the continued growth of our program,” said Walt Ludwig, president of Kenmore Mercy Hospital and lead executive for Catholic Health’s orthopedic service line. “This kept us focused, so when we were finally able to resume elective cases, we were able get off to a quick start.”

Catholic Health says that despite the temporary suspensions of elective surgery in 2020 because of the pandemic, the hospital system was able to meet the demand for orthopedic care.

“As we look beyond COVID-19, St. Joseph Campus’ reputation for providing locally and nationally-recognized orthopedic care will set the course for our future,” said Aaron Chang, president of Sisters of Charity Hospital, Main Street and St. Joseph Campuses. “With the orthopedic team and facilities we have in place, and our strong focus on quality and safety, we will continue to offer the very best orthopedic care while expanding services  to more patients throughout our community.”