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Published on February 12, 2014

Georgetown Memorial Hospital earns recertification from the Joint Commission

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Georgetown, SC – Georgetown Memorial Hospital has once again been recognized for its commitment to high-quality orthopedic care, earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its hip and knee replacement program.

The recertification award recognizes the hospital’s dedication to compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

To earn recertification, Georgetown Memorial underwent a rigorous on-site review earlier this month. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis,” said Dr. Petra Gheraibeh, medical director for orthopedics at Georgetown Hospital System. “Accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.

 “Achieving Joint Commission certification in hip and knee replacement is a positive step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation and 400 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

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