Mercy Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Program

Aug 12, 2015

Mercy Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Program

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Mercy Medical Center became the first Stark County hospital to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its total joint replacement program for hips and knees in 2013. After undergoing a rigorous on-site review in July, 2015, Mercy Medical Center has once again earned certification.

The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Joint Commission experts evaluated Mercy for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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.

"Mercy Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with hip or knee total joint replacements,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend Mercy Medical Center for becoming a leader in total joint replacement of the hip or knee care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients in its community.”

"Joint Commission certification recognizes that Mercy has made a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” added Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO at Mercy Medical Center. “We’re proud of our Mercy Orthopedic Center staff for this gold standard achievement.”

The Joint Commission

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 accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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.