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About Us EMH News Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Declared a Center of Excellence for Four Specific Joint and Spine Treatments

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Declared a Center of Excellence for Four Specific Joint and Spine Treatments

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) has earned four Gold Seals of Approval™ for health care excellence.  The nation’s most respected health care accrediting agency, The Joint Commission, has awarded EMRMC and their partners, Danville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Spine Center of Central Kentucky this esteemed recognition for Total Hip & Total Knee Replacement and Spinal Fusion & Laminectomy care.  Of the 131 hospitals in Kentucky, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center is the only one to hold this distinction.  This is the second such designation for the Total Knee & Total Hip Replacement.

The programs underwent an extensive on-site evaluation by an expert medical surveyor from The Joint Commission.  Each disease-specific program is evaluated 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, EMRMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," 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 EMRMC 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 excellent care 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,” says Vicki A. Darnell, president and CEO, Ephraim McDowell Health.  “Achieving Joint Commission certifications in Spinal Fusion, Laminectomy and Total Hip and Knee Replacement 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.

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 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. 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 atwww.jointcommission.org.

A recognition of providing excellent care from such an austere organization as The Joint Commission validates the hard work by the many medical professionals at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and assures our patients that they are getting care at one of the nation’s leading hospitals.