DENVILLE, NJ – December 27, 2012 – Saint Clare’s has earned the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Certification from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement. The quality certification was awarded by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care, including program management, delivering or facilitating clinical care, supporting self management, clinical information management, and performance measurement.
During the survey, Saint Clare’s demonstrated that it has qualified, competent practitioners who provide high-quality care through a strong infrastructure and that there is a continuum of care that encourages patients to participate in managing their disease. Saint Clare’s not only met the standards required for the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Certification, but there were no negative findings in the final report during Saint Clare’s first attempt at the recognition.
“We are very proud of this latest accomplishment and public recognition by The Joint Commission of the outstanding quality of orthopedic care provided at Saint Clare’s,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Saint Clare’s Health System. “Through this achievement at our Center for Joint Replacement, Saint Clare’s is finding new ways to enhance our patients’ overall surgical experience – before, during and after their stay in the hospital.”
The recognition places Saint Clare’s among some of the only hospitals recognized for this achievement. Within the United States, only 306 total hospitals out of approximately 6,000 hospitals have applied and received this certification. Additionally, only 18 out of approximately 83 hospitals in New Jersey have applied and received this certification.
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002 is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.
About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services. Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, and Dover, and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.
Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, which is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 80 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With total annual revenues of more than $10.7 billion and approximately 86,000 employees, CHI ranks as the nation’s second-largest faith-based health system.
About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.