COON RAPIDS, Minn.
Mercy Hospital has received The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for the Total Joint Replacement Program's hip and knee replacements. Certification is earned by demonstrating compliance with the commission's national standards for health care quality and safety.
"Mercy's Joint Commission certification for hip and knee replacements recognizes our culture of excellence and innovation in the care of hip and knee patients in the north metro area," says orthopedist David Edwards, MD, chairman of Mercy's Orthopedic Department.
Therapists from Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provide assessment and intensive inpatient rehabilitation to help patients regain mobility and safely perform activities of daily living.
Mercy's Joint Replacement Program is also recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee, Hip and Spine Surgery by BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota.
A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Mercy 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. The certification award recognizes Mercy's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.
The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program evaluates three core areas: compliance with national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement.