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Published on July 24, 2016

St. Vincent's Clay County earns national certification

By Teresa Stepzinski, Clay Sun

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for both knee and hip replacement.

The designation is a symbol of quality recognizing an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

St. Vincent’s Clay County joins St. Vincent’s Riverside and St. Vincent’s Southside, which earned their initial Joint Commission hip and knee replacement certifications in 2010.

The hospital is part of Ascension, the largest Catholic and nonprofit health in the United States.

Last year, Ascension formed its national musculoskeletal service line council, inclusive of St. Vincent’s HealthCare, to enable sustainable growth and care excellence with the organization’s hospital markets. The intent is to identify and enhance opportunities to create value and share proven process that support the quadruple aim, according to Kyle Sieg, spokesman for St. Vincent’s HealthCare.

“This is a significant milestone for any hospital, especially for St. Vincent’s Clay County, which has only been open since 2013,” said James Machado, resident of St. Vincent’s Clay County. “This certification serves as an example to our community that we provide high-quality joint replacement care based on national standards and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.”

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.

■ An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“St. Vincent’s Clay County has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients undergoing knee and hip replacements,” said Wendi J. Roberts, a registered nurse and executive director of Certification Programs for The Joint Commission.

“We commend St. Vincent’s Clay County for becoming a leader in knee and hip care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for these patients in its community,” Roberts said.

As part of the certification process, St. Vincent’s Clay County recently underwent a rigorous on-site review.

Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as requirements specific to knee and hip replacements.

Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed, Sieg said.

“I am so proud of our team and all the great work that has been accomplished in just a few years,” said Dr. Max Lincoln, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the St. Vincent’s Clay County Orthopedic Center of Excellence. “Each day, we work hard to provide the best care possible to this wonderful community and I’m thankful that our hard work has paid off.”

The Joint Commission, founded in 1951, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

The independent nonprofit organization is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

St. Vincent’s Clay County is in the midst of a $31 million expansion.

On May 3, the hospital opened its expanded emergency department. Sieg said the hospital is on track to open next month the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Women and Infants Pavilion, which will include 30 in-patient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the Emergency Department and a shell to add 30 more beds in the future.

The project means doubling the size of St. Vincent’s Clay County, which opened in 2013 with 64 beds.

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