Hamilton Medical Center awarded certification from The Joint Commission for total hip, total knee replacement program

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

 In the front, from left, are Hannah Jones, RN, clinical resource nurse; Jody Dennard, RN, clinical nurse specialist; Madison Mills, RN, specialty coordinator; and Judean Bowling, surgical operations manager. In the back are Vernon Gipson, director of Surgical Services; Kevin Roberts, director of Rehabilitation and Wellness Services; Cathy Ferguson, vice president and chief nursing officer; and Carl Nelson, Surgical Services materials coordinator. 
Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Moves, its total hip and total knee replacement program. In the front, from left, are Hannah Jones, RN, clinical resource nurse; Jody Dennard, RN, clinical nurse specialist; Madison Mills, RN, specialty coordinator; and Judean Bowling, surgical operations manager. In the back are Vernon Gipson, director of Surgical Services; Kevin Roberts, director of Rehabilitation and Wellness Services; Cathy Ferguson, vice president and chief nursing officer; and Carl Nelson, Surgical Services materials coordinator.

DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Moves, its total hip and total knee replacement program, by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes HMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

HMC underwent a rigorous on-site survey in September. A Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated HMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hamilton has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with osteoarthritis,” said Jean Range, RN, MS, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Hamilton for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis,” said Sandy McKenzie, COO for HMC. “I want to thank the many associates and physicians who prepared for this survey for several months. Every associate in this organization contributed to its overall success.”

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.

According to The Joint Commission website, HMC is one of 17 hospitals certified in hip replacement and knee replacement in Georgia, and the only hospital certified within a 40-mile radius, including the Chattanooga area.

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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 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.

For more information about HMC’s Joint Moves program, please call 706-272-6601.