The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement
LONGVIEW, TX (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) – Good Shepherd Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
“Good Shepherd is delighted with the continued recognition of our award winning care,” said Good Shepherd Health System President and CEO Steve Altmiller. “We work hard every day to improve the lives of the communities we serve, and this certification confirms we are succeeding by identifying Good Shepherd as one of the premier facilities across the country for total hip and total knee replacements.”
Good Shepherd underwent a rigorous onsite review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.
Earlier this year, Good Shepherd was recognized as one of the top five hospitals in the state for Medical Excellence in orthopedic care by CareChex® - a division of Comparion® Medical Analytics.
Good Shepherd is one of the first hospitals in the nation to earn the Joint Commission’s new accreditation, which was founded in 2016 and is awarded for a two-year period.
The advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.