Learn how one health system uses nurse navigation to guide their patients through the joint replacement journey.

What You Will Learn

Preparing for joint replacement surgery can be overwhelming for many patients; they often feel inundated with the number of tasks that need to be completed prior to surgery such as medical appointments, preadmission testing, and preparing for their recovery. Learn how one health system used technology and nurse navigation to guide their patients through the joint replacement journey.

Meet the Experts


Jennifer Smith

Director of Clinical Outcomes for the Orthopedic Service at Virtua

Jennifer received her BSN from Thomas Jefferson University and her MSN in Nursing from Villanova University. As the Director of Clinical Outcomes her responsibilities include driving standardization and quality outcomes for the service line. Jennifer is certified as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult health and Professional in Health Care Quality.


Kate Gillespie

AVP of the Orthopedic Service Line at Virtua

Kate received her BSN from the College of New Jersey and her MBA in Health Care Administration from Eastern University, she is certified in Nursing Administration. As the Orthopedic service line leader her responsibilities include driving efficiency through standardization, cost containment and quality outcomes. Kate is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with expertise in operation efficiency and lean methodology. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, Kate has led quality and financial projects, and co-led multiple Kaizen projects. She is also active in New Jersey State Nurse Association and chairwoman for the NJ INPAC.