Mercy Gilbert earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its total knee and hip replacement programs. The 212-bed facility is now the only hospital in Maricopa County and one of four in Arizona with the prestigious certified programs.
“Approval from The Joint Commission reaffirms that we have the framework for an outstanding orthopedics program,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “Achieving Joint Commission certification is an important part in maintaining the high standard of excellence we already provide.”
Mercy Gilbert was evaluated by The Joint Commission 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, Mercy Gilbert has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with joint replacements," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “I commend Mercy Gilbert for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care, addressing: 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.
The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public 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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services.
“This certification is the result of commitment to the highest level of patient care by all members of the team at Mercy Gilbert and a true reflection of our mission,” said Kipling Sharpe, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Mezona Orthopedics, a division of OrthoAZ, who was engaged by Mercy Gilbert to assist in the development of the Total Joint Replacement Program. “I am proud to be associated with such a great team and to be able to bring my patients to this outstanding facility.”