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GAMC Awarded Joint Certification from the Joint Commission
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Alicia Gonzalez
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Glendale Adventist Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its joint replacement program (knee and hip) by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards. Glendale Adventist Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey on Sept. 2. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Glendale Adventist Medical Center 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, Glendale Adventist Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with knee and joint replacements," 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 Glendale Adventist Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Joint Commission accreditation helps support our culture of excellence. We’re honored to be awarded this Joint Commission Certification because it is another eternal endorsement of our commitment to improve the health care for our patients through quality care based on the best medical evidence available, said Philip Merritt, MD, Medical Director of the Orthopedic Center at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

“Our renowned orthopedic specialists develop comprehensive treatment plans for each patient with the main goal to provide the best and safest care possible, and this distinction further validates our commitment to quality and dedication to our mission,” said Angela Garcia, coordinator of the Joint Replacement Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “We are very proud of this certification.”

“Nearly one in four people experience joint pain every year, and nearly 750,000 people undergo either total hip or knee replacement surgery annually. Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in hip and knee replacements. Often, patients come to them needing more than one joint replacement,” said Garcia.

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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. 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 www.jointcommission.org.

For more information about Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Joint Replacement program, call (818) 409-8100 or click here.