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For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Gloria O'Connell, 612-863-4801


Allina's Abbott Northwestern awarded Joint Commission certification for hip and knee replacements

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 01/06/2011-- Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Total Joint Replacement Program has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approvalâ„¢ for hip and knee replacements by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety.

To learn more about Abbott Northwestern's Total Joint Replacement Program,
call 612-775-4609

"By becoming the first Minnesota hospital to achieve Joint Commission certification for hip and knee replacements, we continue to create a culture of excellence in the care of hip and knee patients in the metro area and throughout the state," says orthopedist Scott Anseth, MD, medical director of Abbott Northwestern's Total Joint Replacement Program.

The certification award recognizes Abbott Northwestern's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards. Abbott Northwestern underwent a rigorous on-site survey December 8. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Abbott Northwestern for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, employee training, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Abbott Northwestern has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients who have hip and knee replacements," says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Abbott Northwestern physicians and staff for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, evaluates 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 Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Rated one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in the specialty of orthopaedics, Abbott Northwestern Hospital provides an integrated, quality-care approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions. Each year, we perform more than 4,000 orthopedic procedures.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics and other health care services.

About The Joint Commission

Joint Commission Certification 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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 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. For more about The Joint Commission, go to

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