UNC Health Wayne has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
The certification, offered in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, focuses on the pre-surgical orthopedic consultation to the intraoperative, hospitalization or ambulatory surgical center admission, rehabilitation activities, and follow-up visit with the orthopedic surgeon.
UNC Health Wayne underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on August 12th. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including the communication and collaboration of patient care from the initial orthopedic consultation to the follow up visit with the orthopedic surgeon after discharge.
Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend UNC Health Wayne for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for orthopedic patients.”
“We are proud of our commitment to quality and patient safety” says Jessie Tucker, President and CEO of UNC Health Wayne. “This certification demonstrates our commitment and our team’s focus on education and shared decision making with patients throughout the entire continuum of care.”