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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on February 22, 2012

Georgetown Hospital System Awarded Certification by The Joint Commission

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Georgetown, SC – Georgetown Hospital System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Georgetown Hospital System’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated both Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Georgetown Hospital System has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with joint related conditions,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Georgetown Hospital System for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Georgetown Hospital System CEO Bruce P. Bailey, “Achieving Joint Commission certification in the Joint Replacement Program for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving patient care. We are very proud and pleased that both Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital have achieved this recognition and are the only area hospital’s to have done so,” he said.

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.

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 currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. 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.

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