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January 31, 2012
Florida Hospital DeLand Awarded Joint Commission Certification in Total Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
Florida Hospital DeLand has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, Disease-Specific Care Certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

This certification award recognizes Florida Hospital DeLand’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

Florida Hospital DeLand underwent a rigorous on-site survey in November 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the Florida Hospital DeLand Orthopaedic Center of Excellence 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, Florida Hospital DeLand has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery," 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 Florida Hospital DeLand for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Florida Hospital DeLand is the only Orthopaedic Center of Excellence in the area and is comprised of a multidisciplinary team representing surgery, anesthesia, nursing, pharmacy, quality, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietary, and case management. This team approach enhances the individualized, patient-centered care delivered at every stage – from scheduling, pre-admission, and pre-operative care — to surgery, post-operative care, discharge and rehabilitation. Additionally, Florida Hospital DeLand has recently been nationally recognized for being in the top 10 percent for quality in joint replacement surgery.

Along with the hospital team, the physicians who work with the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence perform more than 400 joint replacements a year, with Dr. Mark Hollmann being the top performing knee replacement surgeon in Central Florida, according to floridahealthfinder.gov.  They also continually seek new approaches for various cases, such as the new direct anterior approach to hip replacements as performed by Dr. Royce Hood.  All while maintaining a consistently low infection rate.

"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,” says Randy Surber, Florida Hospital DeLand Chief Operating Officer. “Achieving Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery 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.

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FHD Ortho: Florida Hospital DeLand Physical Therapist Assistant Norman Shepherd performs gait training with a patient who had a Total Knee Replacement on the hospital’s dedicated orthopaedic wing. Together, they are reviewing her performance on the ambulation board, which allows patients to see how far they are walking after surgery compared to other joint replacement patients, creating a spirit of friendly competition and camaraderie between patients, which aids in their recovery.

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