SSM Health DePaul Hospital Joint Replacement Center achieves Gold Seal Status from the Joint Commission

February 24, 2016

The SSM Health DePaul Hospital Joint Replacement Center (JRC) earned its fourth Gold Seal designation from the Joint Commission in December 2015. The JRC was the first orthopedic hospital unit in the state of Missouri to earn this quality distinction in 2009, and has continued to retain the elite status for hip and knee replacement. The Disease Specific Care Certification program for Orthopedics recognizes centers that provide exceptional patient care with required goal setting, data tracking, and results reporting to ensure patient quality and safety standards are met over a two-year period.

"The teams on the JRC continue to provide exceptional care to our total joint patients, which is reflected in high marks on our patient and physician satisfaction surveys,” says Robin Gilder, RN, Team Leader. "The staff is highly engaged and passionate about the care they give to our patients.

“We are honored to receive this specialized Gold Seal certification from the Joint Commission, and will continue to strive for excellence in patient care.”

The Joint Commission is the nation’s most prestigious accrediting body for health care organizations.  The surveyor lauded the JRC multidisciplinary team for its work in creating a center of excellence, and noted the high level of arthroplasty-specific nursing and therapy training, adherence to best clinical practice guidelines, collaboration among hospital departments, quality of patient education materials, and patient satisfaction with responsiveness to patient needs.

“A fourth recertification for the JRC confirms the commitment made by the administration and staff of SSM Orthopedics, the JRC, and DePaul Hospital to be a center of excellence in the St. Louis region,” says Dr. William Schroer, SSM Health Network Medical Director of Orthopedics and one of the co-medical directors of the JRC.  “Our multidisciplinary approach to patient care, quality, and safety has led to high patient satisfaction, improved patient outcomes, and controlled costs, which is a win-win environment for all involved.”

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