December 13, 2013

Maury Regional joint replacement services recertified by The Joint Commission

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has been recertified by The Joint Commission for orthopedic joint replacement by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes MRMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

MRMC underwent a rigorous on-site review for recertification of the hip and knee programs that were initially certified in 2011. A Joint Commission expert evaluated MRMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“The total hip and knee program certification process demonstrates a commitment to higher standards of service that is often recognized by insurers and other third parties. I would like to thank the orthopedic surgeons and the entire orthopedic service line team for their commitment to quality care for our patients,” said CEO Alan Watson.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Programs that demonstrate compliance in the following areas are awarded certification for a two-year period:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the hip and knee replacement patient populations
  • Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to hip and knee replacement

In addition to the recognition from The Joint Commission, MRMC has been designated as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Knee and Hip replacement by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST). The designation is awarded to hospitals demonstrating outstanding expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care resulting in better overall outcomes for patients.

MRMC offers a wide array of inpatient orthopedic services, from minimally invasive outpatient procedures to comprehensive knee, hip and shoulder replacement. Outpatient services for orthopedic patients include physical therapy and home health care.