Houston Medical Center Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Care
Houston Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for its Total Knee and Total Hip Replacements by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Houston Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Houston Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey in October 2011. A Joint Commission expert reviewer evaluated Houston Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Houston Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with knee and hip replacements,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Houston Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
“Receiving this certification from The Joint Commission represents our continued dedication to providing quality patient care for those in our community,” states Cary Martin, Chief Executive Officer for Houston Healthcare. “Our team of staff members and physicians worked diligently to examine all aspects of our processes and outcomes in order to provide the most appropriate level of care for our patients.”
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 the 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.
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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staff 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.