Robbin Lee, CEO of Wellington Regional Medical Center, recently announced that the facility has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for its total hip and total knee replacement programs.
The Advanced Certification was given by the Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body.
“This new certification is important for residents of the community because it signifies our dedication to patient safety and the emphasis our team places on delivering quality care,” Lee said. “Only facilities that comply with all standards, follow clinical practice guidelines and meet stringent performance measurement requirements receive certification. It is an honor to deliver a standard of care that is recognized by the Joint Commission.”
The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of services and patient care.
Wellington Regional underwent a rigorous onsite review on Monday, Oct. 17, when the Joint Commission evaluated the hospital’s compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, plus pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.
“Achieving advanced total hip and total knee replacement certification recognizes Wellington Regional’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Wendi Roberts, executive director of Disease-Specific Care Certification for the Joint Commission. “The advanced certification will help the hospital better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.”
Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients in the United States who are 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.
Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
An independent, nonprofit organization, the commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more at www.jointcommission.org.