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Overview

Choosing the right hospital can greatly impact the success of your joint replacement surgery and recovery. With larger volumes of patients and comprehensive programs for surgery and rehab, dedicated facilities like the Joint Replacement Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital can help ensure the best possible outcomes.

The Joint Replacement Center is a quiet, spacious, eight-bed unit with its own exercise suite located on the fourth floor of the hospital’s North Building. Our skilled orthopedic team works to create a customized treatment plan and activities designed just for you as a joint replacement patient at the center. During your stay you’ll get to know other patients undergoing the same procedure; you’ll wear your own comfortable clothes and receive care from professionals who specialize in total joint replacement surgery, recovery and rehabilitation.

Education and Preparation

Once you and your surgeon have decided joint replacement is right for you, you’ll be scheduled to attend a pre-operative education class with other joint replacement candidates. You’ll tour the Joint Center and learn exactly what to expect and how to prepare for your surgery. After your operation and during your stay, you’ll be kept informed with our daily Joint Journal, videos, individualized written instructions and expert staff who welcome questions from patients and their families. We view the patient as the most important member of our team.

Your Discharge Plan is Customized

Throughout your stay at the Joint Center, our case manager works closely with your surgeon, therapists, nurses and most importantly, with you, to make plans that fit your individual progress, preferences and lifestyle. We plan carefully to ensure appropriate follow-up care after you leave the hospital. After only two days at the Center, most patients go directly home, continuing therapy with a professional home health team, or attending outpatient therapy. Others choose a short stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Meet Our Medical Director

Daniel McBride, MD

Originally from upstate New York, Dr. McBride joined Hampshire Orthopedics in March 1996.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and spending a subsequent year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. McBride realized his true passion was medicine. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Health Sciences Center, Syracuse, in 1989, where he then completed his internship and orthopedic residency. He later completed sports medicine fellowships at American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham and at Sportsmed SA in Adelaide, South Australia.

In addition to his work at the West Hatfield office, Dr. McBride is highly involved with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He provides care once weekly at University Health Services as well as orthopedic athletic injury care at training room facilities. Dr. McBride and Dr. Jonathan Kurtis, (also of Cooley Dickinson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine), provide sideline football coverage for UMass.

Dr. McBride is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the New England Orthopedic Society. He became Medical Director of the Cooley Dickinson Joint Replacement Center in 2017.

For information or an appointment, call Hampshire Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 413-586-8200, or visit the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Page.