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Joint Replacement at Texas Health Huguley Earns Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission
From therapists to pharmacists, the Orthopedics team at Texas Health Huguley has been recognized for earning the Gold Seal of Approval in knee and hip replacements.

By complying with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, the Orthopedic Center at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South again earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission. To achieve this two-year recertification for joint replacement surgery, the Orthopedic Center at Texas Health Huguley received an extensive on-site evaluation by a Joint Commission reviewer. 

The Joint Commission first validated Texas Health Huguley Hospital as an accredited center for hip and knee replacements in 2010.  This is its fourth certification.

“Our drive to improve patient safety and quality care continues.  Since our last accreditation, we have improved pain management, increased therapy, and moved into the new hospital.  Our patients have appreciated these advancements, which help them get home sooner,” said Renita Crowdis, MSN, BSN, RN, director of medical/surgical services for Texas Health Huguley Hospital. 

A Joint Commission expert evaluated the Orthopedic Center at Texas Health Huguley for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of orthopedic patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. 

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
• an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"Texas Health Huguley has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients requiring joint replacement surgery,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend Texas Health Huguley for becoming a leader in joint replacements, potentially providing a higher standard of service for orthopedic patients in its community.”

The Orthopedic Center at Texas Health 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 joint care coordinator to assist patients from the first patient education class to the after-care program.  Orthopedic specialty trained nurses and therapists provide care in private rooms dedicated to orthopedic patients and a therapy gym.

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.