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Hall-of-famer to share hip replacement story at Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics Open House


SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (March 7, 2012) – Major League Baseball Hall of Fame legend Johnny Bench will help educate people on the benefits of joint replacement, by sharing his hip replacement experience with attendees at the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics Open House.

The open house will be held 8 a.m. – noon Saturday, March 10, at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Space is limited for this event. Pre-registration is required by calling 602-230-2273.

A former baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983, Bench is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history. He was a key member of the Reds' 1975 and 1976 World Series championship team known as "The Big Red Machine.” Bench was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

Bench underwent total hip replacement of his right hip in April 2004 after suffering for years from chronic joint pain.  After undergoing the procedure, Bench was able to get back to his active life without hip pain. Since then, he has shared his joint replacement experience with attendees at Stryker Orthopedics educational seminars throughout the United States.

When he began experiencing pain in his left hip, Bench knew not to wait until he was sidelined by the pain before seeking help. He knew firsthand the relief his successful hip replacement in 2004 brought him and elected to undergo total hip replacement of his left hip in February 2010. Both of his surgeries used Stryker hip implants and he remains an advocate of the procedures.

Fully recovered, Bench splits his time between Naples and Palm Springs with his wife Lauren and their two young sons, Justin and Joshua, while his oldest son Bobby attends Boston University. Bench also continues to perfect his golf game and travel across the U.S. sharing his experience with arthritis and joint replacement with joint pain sufferers on behalf of Stryker.

Attendees at the March 10 Open House will not only hear Bench’s keynote, but will have the opportunity to tour the two floors Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center has dedicated to orthopedic care, as well as see architectural renderings and models of the design of the future orthopedic wing on the sixth floor of the D tower. Built around an International Travel theme, patients will feel they are in a world-class hotel and not just a hospital.

The event will also feature various booths featuring:

  • demonstrations of surgical and imaging systems, Secure Tracks,
  • models of implants
  • rehabilitation demonstrations and screenings 

A highlight will be the unveiling of our Independence Expedition program and learning about our Patient Navigator who will act as a “tour guide” for patients coming to the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the founding physicians for the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics.

“We’re very excited to unveil this program to our community,” said John L. Harrington, Jr., CEO of Banner Del E. Webb. “When Dr. Jacofsky and I envisioned this joint venture, we wanted to make sure we were developing a world-class, revolutionary orthopedic program. We now have everything in place to ensure this vision is attained.”

David Jacofsky, MD, CEO and chairman of The CORE Institute®, adds: “We have the best surgeons based at an exceptional facility. The entire clinical staff is dedicated to providing innovative care, using evidence-based protocols, which positions us as the leader in orthopedics.”

The Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics combines the expertise of two world-class leaders for the delivery of orthopedic care. The Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics is a joint venture between Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and The CORE Institute. The Banner CORE Center offers a full range of orthopedic care, including joint replacement and revision, sports medicine, shoulder, elbow and hand surgery, foot and ankle reconstruction and orthopedic spine procedures.

To learn more about the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics please visit

About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb is a 404-bed, acute-care hospital offering orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, general surgery, cancer care, obstetrics and gynecology, medical imaging, women’s diagnostic services, outpatient services, rehabilitation and behavioral care.

Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 23 hospitals throughout the West. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. To learn more, visit:

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