Orthopaedic Center of Excellence

Expert care for you every step of the way

Orthopaedic Partners

Orthopaedic Procedures

Education & Rehabilitation

About the Center

The Orthopaedic Center of Excellence is a partnership between Inland Orthopaedics Surgery & Sports Medicine and Pullman Regional Hospital’s Orthopaedic Care Team.  Pullman Regional Hospital has a reputation as the regional hospital of choice for total joint replacements and orthopaedic surgical procedures. That’s because we are focused on orthopaedic surgical care, including knee, shoulder, hip replacement and other orthopaedic surgical procedures like ACL and rotator cuff repair. Click Orthopaedic Procedures above to view complete list of services. 

The number of total knee replacement surgeries performed at Pullman Regional Hospital from 2011-2015 more than doubled.  People from the area and outside of Pullman are choosing to have their total knee replacements at the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence.

Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Charles Jacobson, Dr. Steve Pennington, and Dr. Ed Tingstad, are recognized as top surgeons in their specialty. The Orthopaedic Care Team at Pullman Regional Hospital consists of trained surgical assistants, nurses, and physical therapists who are experienced in providing comprehensive orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation.

The Orthopaedic Center of Excellence at Pullman Regional Hospital has:
  • Typically lower than average gross charges for total joint replacement surgeries than other hospitals in the state. For example, at Pullman Regional Hospital, the average gross charge for a total knee replacement in 2016 was $39,879 (year to date).

  • Typically shorter hospital stays for patients recovering from a total joint replacement. For example, 2.6 days in 2016 (year to date).

  • An integrated, cross disciplinary orthopaedic care team coordinating your care at every step, from the pre-operative meeting, through surgery and post-operative and rehabilitative care.

  • A unique partnership with Inland Orthopaedic Surgery. Our orthopaedic care team works closely with your surgeon to provide the best outcome and get you back to your active life style.

  • Pre surgery education available every month with the Total Joint Preparation Class taught by members of the Orthopaedic Care Team. You are invited to attend one of these classes if you are thinking about getting a total joint replacement. You will learn what you can do to get yourself in the best shape for surgery, what the surgery and recovery process are and speak to a Patient Financial Services representative to get all your insurance and payment questions answered. 


“Pullman Regional Hospital is the best hospital in the area. From a statistical standpoint, we have extremely low complication and infection rates and the most consistent and experienced operating room staff in the area. I like operating here because my patients are taken care of. I feel pretty lucky as a surgeon to live in a community that has such an excellent facility.”   -- Ed Tingstad, MD, Inland Orthopaedics Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic


Edwin Tingstad, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Ed Tingstad attended medical school at the University of Washington and his residency at Vanderbilt University. He performed his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Washington. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in 2002. Dr. Tingstad serves as the team surgeon for the Washington State University athletics program. He has been practicing on the Palouse for 16 years.

For more information on Dr. Tingstad, Dr. Pennington, and other providers, please visit Inland Orthopaedics at http://www.inlandortho.net/.

Steven Pennington, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Steve Pennington attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon and his residency at Campbell Clinic at the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine. Dr. Pennington serves as the team surgeon for the University of Idaho Athletics program. He has been practicing on the Palouse for 19 years.

Introducing the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence

Pullman Regional Hospital is elevating the standard of Orthopaedic care on the Palouse.

Joint Replacement Preparation Class

If you are thinking about or scheduled for a total joint replacement, we encourage you to view this educational video to prepare for a successful surgery and rehabilitation.

Growth in Surgical Demand

More surgeons and patients are choosing Pullman Regional Hospital for surgical solutions. In the last five years, demand has steadily increased to 1,000 more surgical cases per year – pushing our hospital’s surgical capacity to its limit.

Ed Harrich, Director of Surgical Services, shows the existing OR equipment.