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February 14, 2012

Edward White Hospital, “Your Community Hospital” of St. Petersburg, FL has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval TM for Joint Replacement Hip and Joint Replacement Knee by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety.

St. Petersburg, FL - These certification awards recognize Edward White Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art quality standards. Edward White Hospital successfully completed a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in January 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“We are committed to being the hospital of choice for Orthopedic Surgery in Pinellas County, and the Joint Commission recognition validates the outstanding care that we are providing to our patients and our culture of excellence,” says Richard Frank Interim CEO. “This is an example of what outstanding teamwork, patient-focused and skilled surgeons  can achieve.”

Certification requirements for joint replacement programs address three areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards.
  • Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the hip, knee replacement patient population.
  • Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the hip and knee replacement patient population (a minimum of two performance measures must be clinical in nature).

The programs are evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of program processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within the organization and interviews with patients and staff.

“Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Edward White Hospital of St. Petersburg for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate it’s standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.

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