DRAH’s Total Joint Replacement Program awarded Disease-Specific Care Certification
posted October 1st, 2010
From left to right, bottom row: Imelda Ramos-Garcia, Susan Dudley, Susie Myers and Pam Laumakis
From left to right, top row: Sherry Foster, Joan Paramore, Elaine Royster, Liz Jackson, Alice Topps, Patrick Krejci and Amanda Douglass
Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Total Joint Replacement Program has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Duke Raleigh Hospital Disease-Specific Care Certification for its Total Joint Replacement Program in recognition of the Program’s commitment to excellence in providing care for total joint replacement patients.
Duke Raleigh is the first in the Triangle to receive this distinction, with only five other programs in the state having received certification.
To earn this distinction, the program underwent an extensive, announced, on-site evaluation by The Joint Commission. The program was evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of the program’s processes and ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization and through interviews with patients and staff.
“Duke Raleigh Hospital voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide,” says Doug Vinsel, President. “We are honored to demonstrate our standard of excellence and the caliber of teamwork and collaboration across the entire hospital that enables us to provide the very best care to our patients.”
Disease-Specific Care Certifications are based on three core areas: compliance with national standards; effective use of established clinical practice guidelines; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Disease-Specific care programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a two-year period.
Duke Raleigh’s Total Joint Replacement Program is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary program that includes pre-operative patient education, surgical and medical care, acute rehab, assistance with discharge planning and post-operative wellness instruction. Duke Raleigh performed more than 700 joint replacement surgeries last year.
“We applied for certification because we are proud of our program,” said Liz Jackson, director of orthopaedic services at Duke Raleigh. “In the process, we have examined our program and identified opportunities to improve and now have even more to be proud of. Thanks to this distinguished recognition, now others will know why we’re so proud too.”
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