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Orthopedic Bone and Joint Center at Texas Health Huguley Achieves Reaccreditation
Jeanette Brewer, Caytlin Rose, Wilson Pinto-Lima and Greg Mitterer

By complying with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, the Orthopedic Bone & Joint 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 Bone & Joint Center at Texas Health Huguley received an extensive on-site evaluation by a Joint Commission reviewer. 

This is the third time that The Joint Commission has validated Texas Health Huguley Hospital as an accredited center for hip and knee replacements.

“The Orthopedic Bone & Joint Center at Texas Health Huguley has been recognized by The Joint Commission since 2010, which demonstrates our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Teresa Huffman, PT, DPT, CEAS, administrative director of diagnostic and therapy services for Texas Health Huguley Hospital. 

A Joint Commission expert evaluated the Orthopedic Bone & Joint 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; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, the Bone & Joint Center at Texas Health Huguley has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its orthopedic patients," says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Texas Health Huguley for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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.

The Orthopedic Bone & Joint 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 comprehensive patient education class, orthopedic specialty trained nurses, private rooms dedicated to orthopedic patients, a therapy gym and a coordinated after-care program.