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SVMHS Awarded Additional Certification from The Joint Commission

Salinas, CA, September 24, 2013 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both hip and knee replacement at its Joint Replacement Center of Excellence. The certification award is only given to organizations meeting the highest level of patient care as determined by The Joint Commission’s rigorous standards of quality and patient safety.

Skilled physicians at SVMHS perform more than two thousand orthopedic procedures a year at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital improving the mobility, comfort and quality of life for residents throughout the Central Coast. SVMHS becomes the first organization or program in Monterey County to receive certification from The Joint Commission in the disease specific certification of hip and knee replacement surgery.

“Certification by The Joint Commission is a voluntary process which our staff eagerly embraced as a way of demonstrating our commitment to the highest standards the industry can achieve in areas of medical expertise,” says Pete Delgado, president/CEO of SVMHS. “The award reflects our dedication and investment in a culture of excellence which directly impacts patient outcomes.”

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization and the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. SVMHS underwent a complete on site review and evaluation by a Joint Commission expert who looked 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, SVMHS has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with hip and knee replacement needs," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “I commend Salinas Valley Memorial 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 launched in 2002 and 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.

In addition to receiving certification by The Joint Commission for hip and knee joint replacement, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and it’s Joint Commission accredited hospital have also earned advanced certification from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stoke Center, and special quality awards for organ donation, Silver “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke recognition and Gold Plus “Get with the Guidelines- Heart Failure award.

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