St. Bernards Medical Center has received Joint Commission certification in two key areas because of quality performance and the continued commitment the medical center makes toward the health and well-being of the Northeast Arkansas communities in the area of orthopedics. The hip and knee joint replacement programs have been recognized by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
The certification designates the St. Bernards programs as centers of excellence for total hip and total knee replacement and means that the programs meet national standards for healthcare quality and safety.
“We are pleased to be recognized with the certifications in both knee replacement and hip replacement,” stresses St. Bernards Administrator Michael K. Givens.
“We use a team of healthcare professionals to help our hip and knee replacement patients make speedy and successful recoveries, enabling them to return quickly to active lifestyles.
“The St. Bernards Total Joint Advantage program is unique in that it emphasizes education and rehabilitation for total joint replacement patients who receive care and support from a team that includes the patient’s surgeon, the primary care physician, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, pharmacists, discharge planners and the joint coordinator. The support system uses small group education and group physical therapy for those who undergo joint replacement.
“Achieving Joint Commission certification in hip replacement and knee replacement is an important step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide at St. Bernards,” Givens says.
The voluntary certification follows on-site evaluations and reviews of patient outcomes and other measures that show that evidence-based guidelines are used in daily clinical practices.
St. Bernards is a 438-bed acute care medical center that has served as the trusted provider of comprehensive healthcare for residents throughout Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri for more than a century.
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program was launched in 2002 and looks closely at three core areas – compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.
The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.