Posted by Tim Darragh at 01:03:35 PM on February 14, 2012

Grand View Hospital in Sellersville this week announced a trio of certifications that should boost the confidence of patients considering joint replacement or treatment for heart failure or stroke.

The Joint Commission, the national accreditation agency, gave its nod of approval for Grand View’s performance, the hospital announced this week.

Grand View Hospital earned its “Gold Seal of Approval” in advanced heart failure care by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care, it said.
In an onsite survey conducted Feb. 1, the Joint Commission evaluated Grand View for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management, it said.

“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 achieve excellence in heart failure treatment and continually improve the care we provide,” said Grand View’s inpatient vascular coordinator Denise Kistler in the hospital’s news release.

As part of Grand View’s Advanced Heart Failure program, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin and diuretics. Kistler said they also receive counseling on nutrition, smoking cessation, salt reduction, fluid intake monitoring, and other health topics, it said.
In a second announcement, Grand View said it received a continued “Gold Seal of Approval” for re-certification as a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission recognized Grand View based on an onsite evaluation conducted Jan. 31 and demonstration of compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, it said. The recognition is Grand View’s third time achieving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for a primary stroke center, it said.

Finally,Grand View received a third “Gold Seal of Approval” for its hip and knee replacement programs.

It’s Grand View’s second consecutive Gold Seal for joint replacement specialties.

“Joint Commission accreditation is a testament to a well-run joint replacement program,” Vice President of Patient Services Kathy Burkey said.

In fact, practices unique to Grand View may become best practices for other joint replacement programs, according to Joint Commission surveyors.

Since its joint replacement center opened in 2002, doctors there have performed more than 3,500 replacements of hips, knees, ankles and shoulders, it said.