St. Anthony’s has earned The Joint Commission
’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with total hip and total knee replacement-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
"St. Anthony’s has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients undergoing total hip and total knee replacement,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Anthony’s for becoming a leader in total hip and total knee replacement, potentially providing a higher standard of service for the patients in their community.”
“Our joint replacement team is continually working hard to provide excellent care for our patients. They have certainly earned this certification,” added Raj Swaminathan, MD, St. Anthony’s Chief Medical Officer. “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.”
Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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.