St. Bernards Medical Center has received national certification in total hip and knee replacement because of the quality of its programs. The programs have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
St. Bernards underwent a rigorous on-site review, and 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.
The St. Bernards joint replacement programs were the first in the state to receive this disease-specific accreditation from Joint Commission. And the medical center is the only facility in Arkansas to have received certification for both hip and knee replacement programs for three consecutive two-year periods.
“We are pleased to be recognized with the certifications for both replacement procedures,” stresses Michael K. Givens, St. Bernards administrator. “Our team of physicians, nurses, rehabilitation professionals and others helps our hip and knee patients make speedy and successful recoveries, enabling them to return to active lifestyles.”
Established in 2002, 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.
“St. Bernards has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with hip and knee replacements,” says Wendi J. Roberts, RN and executive director of Certification for The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Bernards for being a leader in total hip and knee replacement care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for hip and knee patients in the community.”
The St. Bernards Total Joint Advantage program is specially designed to emphasize education and rehabilitation for total joint replacement patients. Patients receive care from a team that includes the surgeon, the primary care physician, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and the joint coordinator plus the patient’s own “coach.” The support system is strengthened by coordination of education and rehab of a number of patients simultaneously.
The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body, evaluating and accrediting more than 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationally as a symbol of quality and reflects on an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
“The recognition speaks to the medical center’s ongoing commitment to improving health and wellbeing of those in the Northeast Arkansas communities in the area of orthopedics,” Givens explains.