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Joint Commission Awards St. Vincent’s Clay County With Knee & Hip Replacement Certifications

St. Vincent’s Clay County, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both knee and hip replacement. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. St. Vincent’s Clay County joins both St. Vincent’s Riverside and St. Vincent’s Southside, which earned their initial Joint Commission hip and knee replacement certifications in 2010.

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.

“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, President 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.”

 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.

“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, 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.”

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification valuates 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, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, 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.”

To learn more about the St. Vincent’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence,