CPRMC awarded Joint Commission certification for Total Knee and Hip Replacement Program

Drs. Barry Clark and Aaron Wynkoop display the ROSA (RObotic Surgical Assistant) at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center (CPRMC) recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® certification for the hospital’s Total Knee and Hip Replacement Program, demonstrating continuous compliance with the accrediting body’s high-performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. 

The certification recognizes healthcare organizations that provide effective clinical programs across the continuum of care for Total Knee and Hip Replacement. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge. 

“This certification is a testament to our team’s commitment to providing the highest quality care and the best clinical outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Barry Clark, one of two CPRMC orthopedic surgeons who led the certification effort. “We strive to continually improve our orthopedic care and educate our patients on their recovery, and this recognition by The Joint Commission approves of the best practices that are integral to our knee and hip replacement program.”

Dr. Clark and Dr. Aaron Wynkoop led an interdisciplinary team of CPRMC medical staff to ensure that all standards presented by the Joint Commission were met. The mission of the hospital’s Total Hip and Knee Replacement Program is to provide a superior continuum of care process and ensure quality outcomes and long-term functional success.

“Patients needing total hip or knee replacement are typically suffering from pain and a corresponding lack of mobility,” said Dr. Wynkoop, orthopedic surgeon at CPRMC. “A thoughtful, complete joint replacement program ‒ one that guides them through what to expect with surgery, both pre and post operatively, recovery and rehabilitation ‒ can make an amazing impact on their lives, giving them the ability to live more independently and do more of the activities of daily living.”

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on June 27, 2023. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including patient education, program management and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“The Total Knee and Hip Replacement Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for patients experiencing total knee and hip replacements.”

Author: Stephan Drew

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