Christiana Care’s Center for Advanced Joint Replacement has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Hip and Knee Replacement Programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Christiana Care’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s high standards.
Christiana Care underwent a rigorous on-site review in order to receive the certification and Gold Seal of Approval.
A Joint Commission expert evaluated Christiana Care for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Brian J. Galinat, M.D., MBA, chair of Christiana Care’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “Achieving Joint Commission certification for our hip and knee replacement programs, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, evaluates 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.
“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Christiana Care has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients requiring joint replacement of the hip and knee,” said Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Christiana Care for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”