The Center for Health and Wellness is used for interactive education across a variety of specialties as new programs and partnerships continue to blossom on the Caldwell campus.

The academy sets itself apart with patient-centered, caring staff; state-of-the-art technology; and benchmark diagnosticians. The program’s value-added services include:

  • Pre- and post-operative training and education
  • Dietary education
  • Discharge planning

The Spine Academy

Spine surgery is a major decision for you and your family. West Valley is proud to offer a one-of-a-kind education experience to our patients preparing for spine or orthopedic surgery. Our Spine Academy was created to provide information as a way to help patients, and their families, prepare for surgery. Statistics show that people who felt prepared for their procedure had a faster recovery period. We encourage family members and caretakers to attend the class with the patient.

Class Overview

The goal is to ensure that patients are prepared for surgery mentally, physically and emotionally. Material covered in the class includes:

  • Spine anatomy
  • Preoperative exercises
  • Nutrition
  • Pain management
  • Postoperative nursing care
  • Equipment needs
  • Occupational/physical therapy
  • Precautions and limitations after surgery
  • Home safety
  • Discharge needs

The Spine Class is held on Tuesday from 9:00am – 11:30am. This class is free of charge and is supported by the spine surgeons and neurosurgeons at West Valley Medical Center.

Registration is required for this class. You will be contacted by our staff once your surgery date has been set. The class is held in the Center for Health and Wellness located at 1906 Fairview Avenue, 4th floor.

The Ortho Academy

Similar in nature to the spine class, this class is designed especially for knee and hip replacement patients to prepare for their upcoming knee or hip replacement surgery. Hip Academy class is held on Thursdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, while Knee Academy class is held on Thursdays from 9:00am – 11:30am.

Material covered in the class includes:

  • What to bring with you to the hospital
  • How to do the scrub you will need to do at home before surgery
  • Exercises to practice before surgery
  • How your pain will be controlled after surgery
  • Medical equipment that will be used
  • Options for care once you leave the hospital

Registration is required for this class. You will be registered for class by our staff during the pre-admission process. The class is held in the Center for Health and Wellness located at 1906 Fairview Avenue, 4th floor.