Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center today announced
that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced
Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification.
Davie Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to earn
this certification, which, according to The Joint Commission, is a symbol of
quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and
effective patient care.
The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review last month. Joint
Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care
standards as well as with adult reconstruction-specific requirements. Clinical
practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
“Davie Medical Center is pleased to receive the Disease-Specific
Care Certification from The Joint Commission, a national health care quality
improvement and accrediting body,” said John Shields, M.D., medical director of
orthopaedics at Davie Medical Center. “This certification provides us with the
framework to continue a culture of excellence for those in our community.”
Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint
Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs
across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:
Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and
optimize care; and
organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.
"Davie Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high
level of care for total hip and knee patients,” said Patrick Phelan, executive
director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend this
community hospital for becoming a leader in total hip and knee care, potentially
providing a higher standard of service for orthopaedic patients in its