December 15, 2011

Maury Regional awarded joint replacement certification from The Joint Commission

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its orthopedic total hip and total knee joint replacement program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety.

"I applaud the orthopedic surgeons and our staff for their dedication to provide outstanding clinical care for our patients. Joint Commission hip and knee replacement certification provides us with a framework to take our organization to the next level and reinforce our culture of excellence,” said CEO Robert Otwell.

This certification recognizes MRMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families. MRMC underwent a rigorous on-site survey by a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors on December 5. The surveyors evaluated all aspects of care for total hip and knee replacement patients, including the physician office visit, pre-admission testing and education, the surgical process and procedure, infection prevention and control, medication management, patient care on the nursing unit and rehabilitation services. MRMC is one of only four facilities in the state to achieve this certification.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Maury Regional has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with hip and knee joint replacements," 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 Maury Regional for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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 best-practice standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

This certification is the latest accomplishment for MRMC’s orthopedic joint replacement program that has also been designated as a Blue Distinction® Center for knee and hip replacement by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, based on quality of care and patient outcomes. Orthopedic surgeons on the medical staff conduct innovative joint replacements including anterior hip replacement, reverse shoulder implants and gender-specific knee replacement.