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Published on February 21, 2013

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Joint Replacement Program Awarded Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission 

National certification reflects quality care for joint replacement patients

Rockville, MDShady Grove Adventist Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for joint replacement of hips and knees. This certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of exceptional care and demonstrates continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s national state-of-the-art standards for health-care quality and safety.

“The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission represents the commitment of the orthopedic surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapists who make up our Joint Center team to provide the highest quality care for our joint replacement patients and families,” said Dennis Hansen, president of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. 

To obtain the Gold Seal from The Joint Commission, the Joint Center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review of its evidence-based standardized care. Surveyors looked at Shady Grove Adventist’s infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management within its joint program. During the evaluation, the surveyor noted the Joint Center’s overall patient satisfaction, team work among staff, administrative support and quiet, healing atmosphere.

“Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director of Disease-Specific Care Certification for The Joint Commission.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is one of only five hospitals in Maryland to hold The Joint Commission’s certification in hip and knee replacement.

“Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has a truly exemplary joint replacement program. We are extremely proud to be recognized nationally and awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement. Throughout the entire process, including patient education before surgery, the surgical experience itself and the postoperative process, every member of the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Joint Center team is committed to providing exceptional patient care,” said Sridhar Durbhakula, M.D., chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

The comprehensive Joint Center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital provides a continuum of quality care that includes a free class before surgery to help patients and families understand what to expect during and after the procedure. After surgery, patients recover in private rooms on a dedicated Orthopedic Unit staffed by an orthopedic-certified nurse clinical coordinator and orthopedically-trained nurses and therapists who assist patients with individualized pain management and physical and occupational therapy. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons perform more than 800 joint replacements a year in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s state-of-the-art surgical suites.  

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 331 licensed beds. Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 36,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland. 

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