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Orthopedic Bone & Joint Center at Huguley Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission

From Left to Right:  Cheri Stephens, RN, Orthopedic / Surgery Care Manager; Greg Mitterer, PT - Inpatient Therapy Services Coordinator; Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services; Kathy Pippins, RN; Stacey Ross, RN; Debbie Brown PT-A

By complying with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, the Orthopedic Bone & Joint Center at Huguley earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission. To achieve this certification for joint replacement surgery, the Orthopedic Bone & Joint Center at Huguley has undergone extensive on-site evaluations by a Joint Commission reviewer. The program will also be reviewed on-site every two years to maintain this certification.

“We sought accreditation for our orthopedic program because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, senior vice president of patient care services for Huguley Memorial Medical Center. “Having The Joint Commission recognize Huguley as an accredited center for hip and knee replacements is a measurable step toward achieving excellence.”

The Orthopedic Bone & Joint Center at Huguley incorporates a team approach to treatment involving orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, case managers and other professionals.  Specializing in the care of joint replacement patients, the team provides individualized care and integrated pain management.

The program features a comprehensive patient education class, private rooms dedicated to orthopedic patients, an updated therapy gym and a coordinated after-care program.

"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "The community should be proud that the Orthopedic Bone & Joint Center at Huguley is focusing on the most challenging goal -- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, joint replacement surgery, particularly of the hip and knee, has become one of the most frequent prosthetic surgeries over the past decades due to its success in restoring function to disabled arthritic individuals. It is estimated that more than a million joint replacements are performed each year worldwide.