Spring Valley Hospital has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission for its Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The program was reaccredited after earning its core certification in December 2017.
“We want our patients to have a great experience and a positive outcome,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “For patients undergoing total hip or knee surgery, our orthopedics team offers pre-operative and post-operative educational programming, followed by post-operative physical therapy and pain management initiatives. We want our patients to first feel prepared for surgery and then to feel comfortable in their post-hospital environment, whether it’s getting in and out of a car or taking that first step from the garage into their home.”
The orthopedic program at Spring Valley Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in the fall of 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with its national Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement specific standards.
During the survey, Spring Valley Hospital program members provided the surveyors with information and examples of evidence-based measures including venous thrombosis prevention, early mobility from the day of surgery, perceptions of the patient’s experience, and examples of comprehensive total joint replacement education.
To better assist patients, the joint replacement team members offer a pre-operative Joint Camp educational program for all elective total hip and knee patients, along with post-operative Joint Camp (group therapy) sessions during hospitalization. During the latter, the team encourages all joint replacement patients and their supporting family members and friends to participate in the group sessions before the patient leaves the hospital.
“Our education program helps patients transition to a more successful home recovery,” explained Jenna Spalding, RN, Orthopedic Program Coordinator for Spring Valley Hospital. “It allows them to socialize with other patients undergoing the same kinds of procedures and provides them with tips for safe mobility at home, like assistive transfers out of the car, bed or bathroom. It also offers a supportive environment to ask questions about their return to home and expectations for recovery.”
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help healthcare organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys healthcare organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Spring Valley Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”
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