Top Arkansas Joint Replacement Center Invests in Technology to Engage Patients

Arkansas Surgical Hospital Taps PeerWell to “Prehab” Joint Replacement Candidates

PeerWell, whose PreHab mobile platform helps patients prepare both physically and mentally for surgery so they can recover faster, announced a new partnership with Arkansas Surgical Hospital, one of the top centers of excellence for joint replacement surgery in the United States. The hospital will use PeerWell to help optimize the health of hip and knee replacement patients.

Patients who schedule surgery with select Arkansas Surgical Hospital orthopedic surgeons have the option to use PeerWell’s mobile app on their phone. PeerWell PreHab helps hip and knee replacement candidates optimize their health before surgery. Leveraging evidence-based health science, the PeerWell app delivers patients customized daily lessons that are proven to improve the results of surgery and speed-up recovery. Patients will receive a daily checklists of items to complete to prepare for surgery, including proper pre-surgical nutrition, exercise, meditation and home preparation.

“Being prepared for surgery is key to having great outcomes, but much of this preparation happens outside our doors. Using technology to expand our reach beyond the hospital walls is a natural step forward as we strive to improve patient care,” said Carrie Helm, CEO of Arkansas Surgical Hospital.

The physician-owned Arkansas Surgical Hospital has been independently ranked as the #1 highest quality center for joint replacements in the state, and is known for providing best in class patient care. In 2016 the hospital earned a 5-star Hospital Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), placing it among the top 2% of hospitals in the country.

Surgeons who have started to use PeerWell have also started expressing enthusiasm. Dr. Kenneth Martin from Martin Orthopedics, an affiliate of Arkansas Surgical Hospital, observed, “We are always looking for new ways to engage patients, especially to get them fully prepared for surgery. Patient preparation is key to having successful outcomes. We are excited to partner with PeerWell and Arkansas Surgical Hospital on this initiative.”

“When patients go in for joint surgery, they’re given 50+ pages of preparation instructions,” said Manish Shah, CEO of PeerWell. “It’s an outdated method, and most patients simply don’t have the time or patience to peruse all of that information on paper. PeerWell gives them an easy, convenient way to prepare for surgery. And physicians can breathe a little easier, too, knowing that their patients are physically and mentally fit for the procedure.”

About PeerWell

PeerWell is a healthcare technology company that helps patients prepare for and recover from major episodes of care with its PreHab mobile platform. Every year 50 million people undergo major procedures like joint replacement surgery, coronary bypass surgery and chemotherapy. Using PeerWell, patients complete personalized 4-5 item daily checklists that help them prepare mentally, physically and environmentally. Learn more about PeerWell’s fully automated perioperative patient solution at

About Arkansas Surgical Hospital

Arkansas Surgical Hospital, a leader in hip and knee replacement surgeries, is a physician-owned specialty hospital located in North Little Rock, Arkansas, that provides excellent surgical outcomes for their patients. Because the hospital’s owners are surgeons, there is a disciplined focus on safety and a total commitment to the care and comfort of patients and their families.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the orthopedic industry. Recognized by as one of the top medical sales influencers in the industry; he has 10 years of combined sales management experience and has held positions as a Director, General Manager and Distributor. Peter has worked for some of the top orthopedic companies in the world - Zimmer, DePuy and Stryker. He is also the founder of OrthoFeed: a popular blog that covers orthopedic news and emerging medical technologies. Peter is a three-time Hall of Fame award winner at Johnson and Johnson and has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, digital marketing and professional education. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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