Thursday, July 18, 2013

CoxHealth receives Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Hospital granted Gold Seal of Approval for total hip and knee joint replacements 

CoxHealth has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its knee and hip replacement programs, by demonstrating compliance with state-of-the-art national standards for quality and safety in disease-specific care. 

CoxHealth underwent a rigorous on-site review in early June. An expert from The Joint Commission evaluated the organization for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention, leadership and medication management. 

“Our staff and physicians at the Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital and the Cox South orthopedic unit are dedicated to providing our patients with the safest, highest quality care,” says Tyler Hedden, CoxHealth vice president of clinical services. “This certification is a validation of that work, and our drive to provide the best care for the communities we serve will continue to result in excellent outcomes for our orthopedic patients.” 

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, CoxHealth has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients who receive elective knee and hip replacements,” says Jean Range, executive director of Disease-Specific Care Certification with The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend CoxHealth 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.