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Joint, Geriatric Fracture Programs Earn Recertification

Recognition reflects commitment to meeting safety, quality performance standards

Monday, April 08, 2013

Highland Hospital’s Evarts Joint Center and Geriatric Fracture Center have each received Joint Commission disease-specific recertification by demonstrating continued compliance with patient safety and quality standards. The Joint Commission is the main accrediting organization in the country.

Both the Evarts Joint Center and the Geriatric Fracture Center underwent voluntary and rigorous on-site visits in March. A Joint Commission surveyor evaluated Highland for compliance with standards specific to evidence-based orthopaedic care, with a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the programs and care tailored to each patient’s needs.

“Joint Commission recertification speaks to the high performance of the Evarts Joint and Geriatric Fracture centers and all the disciplines in the hospital that partner with them on joint and fracture care,” said Cindy Becker, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.

The Evarts Joint Center first earned Joint Commission certification for hip and knee joint replacement in 2008 and again in 2011. The joint team includes a network of orthopaedists, geriatricians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, social workers and occupational therapists.

The Geriatric Fracture Center first received certification in 2011. The Geriatric Fracture Center is dedicated to the care of elderly patients who suffer hip fractures. Since the program started at Highland in 2004, it has improved patient outcomes and become a model for other hospitals across the country and around the world.  The Geriatric Fracture Center co-manages patients: Orthopaedic surgeons, who repair fractures, collaborate with geriatricians or internal medicine specialists, who focus on the overall health of patients.

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