Penn Orthopaedics

Penn Orthopaedics

Friday, August 10, 2012

Penn Orthopaedics at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Earns Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Certification from The Joint Commission

Penn Orthopaedics at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its joint replacement services in both hip and knee.

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, this award recognizes the value Penn Orthopaedics places on continuous compliance with the most advanced joint replacement standards.

Penn Orthopaedics at PPMC underwent a rigorous on-site survey by a team of Joint Commission experts who evaluated Penn Orthopaedics for compliance on strict standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families – including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

 “This certification validates not only our commitment to providing superior care to our patients, but also our ability to work as a cohesive team,” said Eric Hume, MD, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Penn Medicine, who coordinated the certification process with The Joint Commission.

“We want our patients to feel confident in the care they are receiving at PPMC at every stage. The process of attaining the recognition allowed us the opportunity to further improve our interactions with other departments so we can continue our focus on strengthening the overall patient experience,” said Dr. Hume.

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; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“By working to exceed the national standards set by The Joint Commission, we’re ultimately providing better care and more positive outcomes for our joint replacement patients.” L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery. “This Gold Seal of Approval recognition sets our programs apart from others by emphasizing our dedication to providing patients with the best practices, treatments and procedures.”

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