Hospital Awarded Certification from Joint Commission for Hip and Joint Replacment & Spine Surgery
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October 03, 2011
Port Charlotte, FL – Fawcett Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Hip and Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery 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 Fawcett’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey earlier this month. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Fawcett’s Spine & Orthopedic Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Fawcett Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its orthopedic patients," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Fawcett for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
"The Orthopedic and Spine Programs at Fawcett Memorial Hospital have been real points of pride for our facility for years. Achieving Joint Commission certification validates the high quality of these programs and the skills and caring of the team members who are responsible for this success. The surveyor spent time talking to patients about their experience and to staff members about their role on the Orthopedic and Spine Team and the comments she heard were overwhelmingly positive. The experience going through the surveys validated our current performance and gave us some wonderful ideas on how we can make these programs even better in the future,” says Tom Rice, CEO of Fawcett Memorial Hospital. “Credit for this accomplishment is due to the physician champions and employees from so many departments in the hospital who comprise such a solid team to deliver high quality orthopedic and spine care.”
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 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 evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
About FMH - Fawcett Memorial Hospital is a 238-bed, full-service acute care hospital serving Charlotte County and the surrounding areas since 1975. Clinical specialties include 24-hour emergency care center, a comprehensive ACoS CoC accredited cancer program, Joint Commission certified Stroke Center of Excellence, accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Joint Commission certified Spine and Orthopedic Center, Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, Bariatric Services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, minimally invasive surgery, CARF accredited Inpatient Rehabilitation, Fawcett Sports & Rehabilitation and many outpatient programs.
Fawcett also provides a variety of community wellness programs as part of its ongoing commitment to community outreach and education. For more information about Fawcett Memorial Hospital call (941) 624-4441, visit FawcettHospital.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@FMHnews).
*Information contained in this document was supplied by and used with permission from the Joint Commission.