Southwestern Medical Center announced that the Joint Center at Southwestern has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

The Joint Center underwent a rigorous two-day, onsite review February 28 – March 1, 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

“Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes the Joint Center’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The advanced certification will help the Joint Center better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.”

“We are pleased to be the first in Southwest Oklahoma and the second in the state to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Dan Jones, Interim CEO, Southwestern Medical Center. “Achieving this level of certification proves we provide the best possible care to our patients receiving total hip and total knee replacement.”

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

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The Joint Center

The Joint Center at Southwestern offers comprehensive care to joint replacement patients. They feature: preoperative patient and family education, streamlined registration and admission processes, Individualized physical and occupational therapy, enhanced pain management, and a focused, multidisciplinary approach to joint replacement care. www.swmconline.com/services-technology/joint-center/.

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 more than 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.