WILMINGTON – Clinton Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
CMH underwent a rigorous onsite review in April. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.
“Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes CMH’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The advanced certification will help CMH better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.”
Greg Nielsen, CEO of CMH, spoke to the new certification and its significance as CMH advances higher levels of specialty care:
“I’m proud of our team for this achievement, and pleased to share with the community the great work our surgery center is doing to support patients through total hip and knee replacements,” Nielsen said. “We’re working hard every day to create greater access to higher levels of specialty care at CMH, and we’re excited to celebrate this next step in our orthopedic surgery program. Thank you especially to our entire surgery team, led by Nina Humphreys, as well as Dr. John Hollon, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Mehnert, our Chief of Surgery, and Dr. Rick Compton, long-time orthopedic surgeon and total joint lead, for their consistent and dedicated efforts in making this project successful.”
Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.