(WOODRUFF, WI) – Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Hip and Knee Replacement Programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes HYMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Howard Young Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in February. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the organization 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, Howard Young Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with a need for hip or knee replacement,” said 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 Howard Young Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Deb Karow, Howard Young Medical Center vice president, patient care services. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in hip and knee replacement, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and 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.
Howard Young Medical Center offers a full range of services including laboratory, radiology, acute care, diagnostic, 24-hour emergency care, cardiac rehabilitation, inpatient care, maternity care, outpatient services, radiology, rehabilitation services, wound ostomy care, sleep disorders and spiritual services.
The HYMC rehabilitation department offers a full spectrum of rehabilitation services provided by a coordinated team of highly trained health professionals whose goal is to give the highest standard of personal care. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare 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.