MORRISTOWN, NJ – JULY 7, 2014 – Morristown Medical Center has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Spine Surgery and Joint Replacement (hip and knee) programs by demonstrating exceptional performance in fulfilling The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute of Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards in Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery.
Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, underwent a rigorous on-site review on May 22 and 23. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the joint replacement and the spine care programs for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Morristown Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients needing spinal surgery or joint replacement,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Morristown for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
“Joint Commission accreditation recognizes the significant investment we make in quality on a day-to-day basis and helps create a culture of excellence,” says William Dowling, MD, chair, Department of Orthopedics. “Achieving Joint Commission specialty certification for the 4th time, for our organization, is a major accomplishment and a major step toward 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.
About Morristown Medical Center
Morristown Medical Center, located in Morristown, NJ, is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology, heart surgery, gynecology and geriatrics. Morristown Medical Center also ranked as a “Best Regional Hospital” for cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics as well as gastroenterology & GI Surgery, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. The Department of Orthopedics of Morristown Medical Center was recently recognized as number one in the State of New Jersey by an independent hospital evaluation firm. Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more cardiac surgeries than any other hospital in New Jersey, placing its cardiac program in the top two percent in the country. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey and was just re-designated a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service, the highest level of recognition by American Nurses Credentialing Center for facilities that provide acute care services, a distinction awarded to less than five percent of U.S. hospitals. For more information, please visit AtlanticHealth.org/Morristown.