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St. Joe's Joint Replacement Program Earns National Gold

3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM  --Humility of Mary Health Partners

WARREN – St. Joseph Health Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its total joint replacement initiative by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

The certification award recognizes St Joseph Health Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

The health center’s total joint replacement program underwent a rigorous on-site review for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, medication management, and leadership.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, the St. Joseph total joint replacement program has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for patients in need of total joint replacement surgery," said Jean Range, executive director of The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification. "Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend St. Joseph Health Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence," said John Finizio, St. Joseph Health Center president. "Achieving certification in orthopaedics is a major step toward maintaining excellence and improving the care we provide."

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

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