Mercy Health Hospital Earns Joint Commission Certification and Gold Seal of Approval for Knee and Hip Replacement Programs

(CINCINNATI; December 18, 2014) - Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its knee and hip replacement programs.

The Jewish Hospital, which offers robotic-assisted total hip replacement and partial knee replacement, as well as standard hip and knee replacements, earned the Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes The Jewish Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The Jewish Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review this year, during which a Joint Commission expert evaluated it for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“Our goal is that every one of our patients has the best possible outcome following their knee or hip replacement. Earning Joint Commission certification ensures our patients that our knee and hip programs use proven, evidence-based methods to deliver top quality care before, during and after surgery,” said physician sponsor and orthopaedic surgeon Michelle Andrews, MD, a Mercy Health Physician.

“The certification validates what we’ve been working toward, which is national recognition for the quality outcomes we provide our knee and hip replacement patients,” said Pat Davis Hagens, Mercy Health Central Market Leader and President of The Jewish Hospital. “It acknowledges that we’re working at the upper level our profession and doing what’s best for our patients.”

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing knee and hip replacements," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend The Jewish Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Jewish Hospital joins Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital in earning the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its knee and hip replacement programs. Anderson Hospital recently launched its robotic-assisted total hip replacement program, following the launch of the program at The Jewish Hospital earlier this year.

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
• an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.