Houston Physicians’ Hospital is the first and only facility in Houston and the 18th in the country to be certified as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center recognized by DNV GL Healthcare.

The Hip and Knee Replacement Certification recognizes program excellence in patient care and outcomes, and is based on standards set forth by DNV GL Healthcare and guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The team at the Joint Solutions Center at Houston Physicians’ Hospital “utilizes evidence-based protocols that were developed collaboratively with surgeons, anesthesia, nurses and physical therapists,” said Nicholas Crafts, CEO of Houston Physicians’ Hospital. “We continually enhance our program with a patient-centric approach. We invite patients back and incorporate their feedback to help us improve the program. As a result, Houston Physicians’ Hospital is now performing the most joint replacements in the Clear Lake area.”

Certification as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center validates the hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education and outcomes.

“This certification tells our community that we are committed to provide the best possible care for patients requiring a hip or knee replacement with our Joint Solutions Center,” said Dr. Anthony Melillo, Orthopedic Surgeon at Houston Physicians’ Hospital. “It’s a combination of the right equipment, personnel and training to exhibit excellence in orthopedic surgery. Achieving certification validates the effort we have put into our Joint Solutions Center to ensure the health, safety and satisfaction of our patients.”

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. “It helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”

Houston Physicians’ Hospital also recently earned a 5-star rating for patient experience from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and is one of only two in the Houston area to achieve such designation.

Also in 2018, Houston Physicians’ Hospital obtained ISO-9001 certification, which is based on a number of quality management principles, including strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

Robotics is also a demonstration of “our commitment to superior orthopedic outcomes. Several orthopedic physicians utilize the Mako Robot at Houston Physicians’ Hospital, which provides precision planning, rapid recovery and a shorter hospital stay for patients,” said Crafts. “Our surgeons recognized that removing clinical variability was essential to a superior program. It is the most accurate and personalized approach possible to hip and knee replacement surgery, and we are the only hospital in Southeast Houston with a Mako robot.”

The Joint Solutions Center at Houston Physicians’ Hospital is “truly a one-of-a-kind program that provides an individualized plan with a patient navigator, pre-operative classes and a space-theme competition between patients post-operatively. The program is evidence based and provides some of the best outcomes in the country,” said Crafts.

To find a physician or learn more, visit www.houstonphysicianshospital.com or call 281-972-6451.


About Houston Physicians’ Hospital

Located in the Clear Lake area, Houston Physicians’ Hospital is a physician-owned hospital specializing in surgical services, including joint, spine, sports medicine and robotic surgery with a vision to be the healthcare provider where physicians choose to practice, patients want to receive care, and employees prefer to work. Houston Physicians’ Hospital is one of only two 5-star patient experience facilities in Houston rated by CMS, the first and only facility in Houston to earn Hip and Knee Replacement Certification from DNV, recognized as a Center of Distinction by Stryker and recognized in the top 75th percentile for Joint Replacement, has the only Mako Robot in Southeast Houston for hip and knee surgery, and has the only “Caring Suite” MRI in Southeast Houston for an immersive experience with video, sound and mood lighting. To find a physician or learn more, visit www.houstonphysicianshospital.com.


About DNV GL Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Within healthcare, DNV GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality-management training. The DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 15,000 professionals are dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information about DNV GL Healthcare, visit www.dnvglhealthcare.com.

Avoid Orthopedic Injuries This Winter with These Tips

Winter is a wonderful time of the year, with the holiday season and spending time with friends and family. However, it can also pose certain risks that can lead to a fall that causes an orthopedic injury. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we understand that no one wants to deal with an orthopedic injury during the holiday season, so we’ve laid out some tips to help you prevent them this winter:


  1. Stick to Your Exercise Routine

With the stress that often comes along with the holiday season, many people tend to ignore their usual exercise routine during the winter. However, this can weaken your muscles and increase the risk for an orthopedic injury. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, muscle weakness can cause instability in the knees, hips, and ankles, therefore increasing the risk for a fall. Keep your muscles strong by making sure to get at least 30 minutes of muscle-strengthening exercise into your day.


  1. Wear the Correct Shoes

Wearing shoes that provide stability and traction is important, especially during the winter when ice may have formed on the ground. Wearing the correct shoes can help prevent a fall that leads to an orthopedic injury. A study published in the journal “Applied Ergonomics” indicated a relationship between lower shoe traction and a higher risk of slipping (2). When purchasing winter footwear, check the sole for tread that can safely grip the ground, even if ice has formed.


  1. Watch Out for Black Ice

While it is typically thought of as only a roadway problem, black ice can pose a threat for walkers, too. According to the US Forest Service, black ice is not actually black, but rather a clear layer of ice that can easily blend in with pavement and sidewalks. This makes it incredibly difficult to see and avoid. While it’s difficult to see, it is not impossible – keep an eye out for glossy patches when you’re walking and avoid these areas to prevent slipping.


  1. Wait Until the Afternoon to Go Outside

If at all possible, it’s best to wait to run errands or go outside until the later hours of the morning. This allows any ice that has accumulated to melt and not pose as much of a risk for slipping and falling. According to the journal “Ergonomics,” three-quarters of falls occur between 7 AM and 9 AM (4). Stay safe and avoid an orthopedic injury this winter by waiting until after 9 AM to go outside when possible.


No one wants to deal with an orthopedic injury, especially during the holiday season. These tips can help you prevent a potentially dangerous fall. For expert orthopedic services, give Houston Physicians’ Hospital a call at (281) 557-5620. We have the leading orthopedic doctors in Clear Lake, Texas, and the surrounding areas.

Use These ENT Tips to Keep Your Respiratory System Healthy This Winter

Winter is just around the corner, and with the new season comes an increased risk for problems with your respiratory system. When it’s time to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, no one wants to deal with the hassle of a respiratory infection. As a leading name in ENT doctors for the Clear Lake, Texas, area, Houston Physicians’ Hospital understands the importance of your respiratory healthy during the winter season, so we’ve laid out some tips to help you breathe easy:


  1. Increase Your Vitamin D Intake

According to the journal Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, studies have suggested that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of developing respiratory infections (1). Vitamin D is produced in our body when the skin absorbs sunlight. During the winter, getting sunlight can be hard, as the shorter days and colder temperatures decrease the likelihood that people will be outdoors in the sun. A vitamin D supplement can be taken to counteract this problem. Search for a supplement that contains the recommended 2000 IU of vitamin D for adults.



  1. Be Aware of the Air Quality

Air quality is a term used to refer how polluted the air is outside. On days where the air quality is low and there is a high amount of pollution in the air, it is best to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid breathing in contaminated air. According to the American Review of Respiratory Disease, breathing in a high amount of air pollution is a significant predictor of upper respiratory symptoms (2). When the air quality index indicates that there is a high amount of air pollution in the air, be sure to close all windows in your home while staying indoors to prevent any outside air from entering indoors.



  1. Get the Proper Amount of Sleep

The European Journal of Physiology states that sleep is a strong regulator of immunological processes (3). Essentially, this means that not getting enough sleep can weaken the immune system, making your more susceptible to infections of the respiratory system. While adults typically require seven to nine hours of sleep per night, those with extremely active lifestyles may require longer periods of rest for their immune system to stay strong.



  1. Try a Saline Nasal Spray

Europe PubMed Central states that saline nasal irrigation is an effective form of care for patients with a variety of upper respiratory conditions, specifically, rhinosinusitis (sinus infections) (4). A nasal saline spray helps lubricate the membranes in the nose, eliminating thick mucous and allergens from the nasal passage. Saline sprays can be purchased over-the-counter or made at home with a combination of distilled water, salt, and baking soda.


Upper respiratory problems are common during the winter season, but these tips can help keep your respiratory system healthy. However, if symptoms do not improve, it’s important to visit an ENT specialist. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, our ENT doctors are here to help you breathe easy this season. Give us a call at (281) 557-5620 or search for a doctor here.














  1. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11882-009-0012-7
  2. https://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/ajrccm/145.1.42?journalCode=arrd
  3. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00424-011-1044-0
  4. https://europepmc.org/articles/pmc2778074