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Flagler Hospital Earns National Accreditation for Knee and Hip Replacement Programs

11/01/2011
Flagler Hospital Earns National Accreditation for Knee and Hip Replacement Programs

Flagler Hospital has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its comprehensive total knee and total hip joint replacement programs, by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Flagler Hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

"The tremendous level of care offered through the orthopedic surgery program here at Flagler is commensurate with the best hospitals in the nation," commented Flagler Hospital's Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, James Grimes. "From our pre-education classes, to our expert surgical team, our orthopedic certified nurses on the floor and our specialized therapists, patients can expect to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes and also get back to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible."

"Flagler Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey, where a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management," added Flagler Hospital Medical Staff President and orthopedic surgeon, Douglas Dew, MD, MBA.

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification program, launched in 2002, 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.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Flagler Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for is patients receiving knee and hip joint replacements," says Jean Tange, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, disease specific care certification for the Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Flagler for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.

"This latest certification from the Joint Commission supports our goal to continuously take our organization to the next level and enhance our culture of excellence," stated Flagler Hospital CEO Joe Gordy.