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Colorectal Surgery at Franklin Woods


Franklin Woods Community Hospital recently received the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for minimally invasive colorectal surgery. Franklin Woods is the third hospital in the nation and the first in Tennessee to receive this honor. Learn More.

Franklin Woods underwent a rigorous on-site review and was evaluated on its compliance with national disease-specific care standards, as well as minimally invasive colorectal surgery-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. 

Colorectal disease can be a chronic, life-altering illness, and surgery can bring people back to a state of well-being. Last October, a group of surgeons and team members came together to develop a colorectal program with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Recognizing the importance of patient involvement in the care process, the team developed a clinical pathway that puts the patient at the forefront of their surgical journey. 

"We saw an opportunity to improve our patients’ experience with their colorectal surgery, and we took it,” said Dr. James Sheffey, a colorectal surgeon at Franklin Woods. “By involving the patient early in their care planning, we have seen outstanding results."

Through evidence-based practice, the program has proven to: 

  • Improve pain control while decreasing the amount of narcotics administered in surgery and recovery;  
  • Prepare patients and caregivers through education that begins prior to surgery;
  • Reduce length of stay in the facility; and
  • Return to normal life activities sooner

It’s important that patients are fully aware of the impact colorectal surgery will have on their lives, both immediately after surgery and long term. The team at Franklin Woods is focused on making sure patients are well prepared and that they have a recovery plan prior to surgery. 

“Our colorectal program and the designation as a center of excellence is a huge milestone that has changed how we look at our patients and healing,” said Dr. Trey Robertson, a general surgeon at Franklin Woods. “Through this certification, Franklin Woods has the opportunity to not only improve our patient care approach, but also to continue to build upon this program’s foundation.” 

"It was a privilege to be part of the team that worked on this project,” said Dr. Connie Pennington, a colorectal surgeon of Franklin Woods. “I feel the patient care at Franklin Woods is outstanding and that the certification process will lead to even further developments to benefit our community."

“We are fortunate to have state-of-the-art equipment and an exceptional team of providers with a track record of excellent outcomes in the surgical treatment of the colon,” said Dr. Kenneth Cutshall, a general surgeon at Franklin Woods.

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Meet our colorectal surgery team.

At the beginning of your journey, you will be asked to designate a colon coach. Your coach could be a family member or friend who will participate in your care. We encourage them to be with you at your preoperative office visit, preoperative admission education visit, the day of surgery and at the time of discharge for educational instruction. You and your coach will plan your personal care for when you go home. This will help you with daily activities, including meals, shopping, transportation and any other areas you feel you will need assistance. Patients who have a strong support system tend to have a shorter length of stay, higher functional outcomes and better postoperative quality of life. 


Your Journey Through Colorectal Surgery Guide Book (downloadable PDF)