ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Hospital has received The Joint Commission's prestigious Gold Seal of Approval® designation for joint replacement programs by demonstrating compliance with the commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety.
Presbyterian Hospital voluntary underwent a rigorous on-site survey in May. A Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated Presbyterian for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of joint replacement patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations and programs across the United States, launched the Disease-Specific Care Certification Program in 2002 as a way 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.
“This designation recognizes Presbyterian’s dedication to continuous improvement, evidence-based care and compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards,” said David Arredondo, M.D., executive medical director, Presbyterian Medical Group.
Presbyterian Hospital has a team of six surgeons performing more than 1,600 joint replacement surgeries a year. Joint replacement surgeries are also performed at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho.
About The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public 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 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian employees more than 9,600 respected employees.