(STOCKTON, CA, November 1, 2021) – St. Joseph’s Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for knee and hip joint replacements. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.
St. Joseph’s underwent a rigorous, onsite review and during the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“This certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Joseph’s for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for knee and hip replacement patients.”