St. Mary’s Hospital Certified by Joint Commission in Hip & Knee Replacement

Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2012 --- 11:21 a.m.

Press Release from St. Mary's Hospital:

St. Mary’s Hospital, along with its physician partners at Dean Clinic has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement. This designation means St. Mary’s and Dean have not only met the expected requirements for a hospital set by the Joint Commission, but also have adopted and fully implemented a continuum of care based on established national best practices to ensure the very best in patient care.

St. Mary’s recently underwent a rigorous on-site survey where a team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated the organization for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of joint replacement patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. It found St. Mary’s met and exceeded those established standards.

“Receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement means exceptional patient care and patient safety are a top priority for St. Mary’s,” says Barb Hauge, nursing director of the orthopedic inpatient unit. “In addition to our doctors and nurses following an established set of protocols from the time a patient sees the orthopedic provider through their hospital experience, this also means we’re constantly looking at ways to enhance our care so we can help our joint replacement patients improve their quality of life.”

More than 400 hip replacements and more than 600 knee replacement surgeries are performed by Dean physicians at St. Mary’s annually making it the largest such program in Dane County. 

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. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. 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

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