In recognition of its hip and knee joint replacement services, The Joint Commission has presented the Philadelphia, Pa-based Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) with the Gold Seal of Approval, reports a recent news release. The certification demonstrates the hospital’s high level of compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care and safety.

The release notes that PPMC is one of 21 hospitals in Pennsylvania that has received the distinction. “This Gold Seal of Approval recognition sets our programs apart from others by emphasizing our dedication to providing patients with the best practices, treatments, and procedures,” says L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Penn Medicine, Paul B. Magnuson professor of bone and joint surgery.

The certification was reportedly presented to the organization following a rigorous on-site visit by a team of surveyors from The Joint Commission, PPMC adds. The team conducted a survey that evaluated the department for compliance on strict standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

Eric Hume, MD, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Penn Medicine, coordinated the certification process with The Joint Commission. Hume notes that the certification validates the organization’s commitment to providing superior care and ability to work as a cohesive team. “We want our patients to feel confident in the care they are receiving at Penn Presbyterian at every stage. The process of attaining the recognition allowed us the opportunity to further improve our interactions with other departments so we can continue our focus on strengthening the overall patient experience,” Hume adds.

Source: PPMC