UPMC Susquehanna gets ‘Gold Seal’
Certified for total hip, total knee joint replacement
WILLIAMSPORT – UPMC Susquehanna’s Williamsport Regional Medical Center recently became the region’s only hospital to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Total Knee Joint Replacement Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Williamsport Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with hip and knee replacement specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
Williamsport Regional Medical Center’s joint replacement program offers patients specialized care from therapists, nurses and physicians who dedicate their talents and expertise to providing the best hip and knee replacement care available. The team of physicians, nurses and therapists use the latest scientific approaches to carefully plan every stage of care with hip and knee replacements.
“Our joint replacement program encourages both the patient and their caregiver to participate in the pre-surgery education, surgery preparation, hospital stay activities and transition to home or next level of care,” said John Bailey, MD, Section Chief of Adult Reconstruction at UPMC Susquehanna. “Our entire clinical team works with every individual to customize their goals and care to meet their unique needs. Helping our patients return to their highest level of function is at the core of our program.”
“Our program has a high focus on a patient’s entire care journey,” said Joe Wood, DPT, Director of Therapy Operations at UPMC Susquehanna. “We focus on their health and wellness before surgery, their condition during the surgery and hospital stay, and follow-up care after surgery. Each patient has a dedicated team of surgeons, outpatient navigators, inpatient care coordinators, nurses, and therapists all looking out for them and helping them along the way.”
Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the 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.
“Achieving Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes UPMC Susquehanna’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 certification will help UPMC Susquehanna better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.”