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Abbott Northwestern volunteer Bob Onan stayed 'home' for hip replacement

Bob Onan

Bob Onan


When Bob Onan learned that wear and tear on his hip was going to require a replacement surgery, he knew Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Joint Replacement Center was the only place for him.

As a discharge volunteer at the hospital for five years, Onan had seen other patients come through similar procedures better off than they had arrived. He figured Scott Anseth, MD, the center's medical director, would do the same for him.

"I knew it was an environment that held out hope for people like me," he said. "It just made sense to me to come to Abbott Northwestern ― it feels like home to me."

Onan, a retired estate planner, said he received exceptional care. He was particularly impressed with the post-surgery nursing care and the group physical therapy sessions he participated in after receiving his new hip. He also was grateful for the information he received at his pre-surgery classes.

But given what he has seen as a volunteer, Onan was not surprised by his positive experience. "You can see it in the faces of the patients."

Now Onan is essentially pain free, and he can't wait to get back to his volunteer work. He and his wife have made gifts to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in the past and expect to do so going forward.

"I've had nothing but good experiences there."