Weiss Memorial Hospital Becomes First in Chicago Area to Receive Joint Commission Certification for Joint Replacement Programs
Chicago, Sept. 24, 2013 – Weiss Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement-Hip and Joint Replacement–Knee. The hospital demonstrated continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. It is the first hospital in the Chicago area to receive this special distinction.
“We are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down with Joint Commission certification,” said Anthony J. Tedeschi, M.D., chief executive officer at Weiss. “The accreditation allows us to continue a culture of excellence with our programs.”
In September, Weiss underwent a rigorous on-site review. Joint Commission experts evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Weiss has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with total hip and knee replacement,” said 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 Weiss for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Henry Finn, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss, chairman of surgery at Weiss and professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, said he was proud of the recognition. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in our Joint Replacement-Hip and Joint Replacement–Knee programs is a big step toward maintaining excellence and continuing to improve the care we provide,” he said. The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, evaluates 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.
Weiss is a destination center for total joint replacements. The academically affiliated center has a state-of-the-art orthopedics unit, and each year performs 5,000 orthopedic procedures – many of which are complex revision surgeries and limb salvage. The patient experience is consistently a priority.
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