Grand View Hospital’s Joint Replacement Center Earns Certification in Hip and Knee Replacement by The Joint Commission
|(February 13, 2012) Sellersville, PA – Grand View Hospital’s commitment to safety and quality outcomes has earned the Joint Replacement Center continued Gold Seal of Approval™ for its hip and knee replacement programs by The Joint Commission.
While this is Grand View’s second consecutive Gold Seal of approval in joint replacement specialties, re-certification is especially rewarding according to Vice President of Patient Services Kathy Burkey. “Achieving excellence takes hard work, but sustaining it over time is even tougher to do. This shows our team has risen to an increasing standard of excellence year after year.”
Members of Grand View Hospital’s Joint Replacement Center Team
|Grand View’s Joint Replacement Center has performed more than 3,500 replacements of the hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle since it opened in 2002. “Joint Commission accreditation is a testament to a well-run joint replacement program,” remarked Burkey. In fact, practices unique to Grand View may become best practices for other joint replacement programs, according to Joint Commission surveyors.
Grand View achieved distinction for demonstrating continuous compliance with state-of-the-art, national healthcare standards for quality and safety. “Our patients get the best available orthopaedic nursing care with access to the latest advances in joint replacement close to home,” said Paul Weidner, MD, Grand View’s Joint Replacement Medical Director since its beginning.
“We have created a culture of excellence,” said Janice Hunsberger, RN, ONC, who has been the Joint Replacement Center Coordinator since it opened. “Without the contributions of each person on our team, our program would not be the success it is today.” Grand View’s team includes orthopaedic surgeons, specially trained orthopaedic nurses, physical and occupational therapists, home care nurses, and other specialists.
In the certification process, Grand View underwent a rigorous onsite survey by the Joint Commission on January 31. Expert surveyors evaluated Grand View for effective and consistent use of evidence-based clinical standards of care specific to the needs of joint replacement patients.
"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Grand View Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for patients undergoing joint replacement,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Grand View for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care.”
In other recent certification by The Joint Commission, Grand View’s stroke program was awarded its third consecutive Gold Seal of Approval while the heart failure program earned its first Gold Seal of Approval.
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.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive healthcare services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.
HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Grand View Hospital 5-star rated for Total Hip Replacement and Hip Fracture Repair. Attaining a 5-star rating reflects the strength of the overall orthopaedics program and Joint Replacement Center where thousands of patients have undergone minimally invasive hip and knee replacement procedures.
About the Joint Commission
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. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.