St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement and is the first medical facility in the state to achieve this certification.
The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
St. Mary’s underwent a rigorous onsite review in October when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.
“Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The advanced certification will help St. Mary’s better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.”
“St. Mary’s is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Stan Tatum, CEO of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “We look forward to improving patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery and are grateful for the leadership provided by our orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Edgar Fike, Dr. David Keller and Dr. Tim Teske in achieving this certification.”
Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.