Indian Path Joint Replacement Center earns elite certification

2/7/2013


KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Indian Path Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Center has improved the lives of a lot of patients, and the center recently received some national recognition – certification by The Joint Commission as a Center of Excellence, the first such honor in the area.

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” said Monty McLaurin, CEO at IPMC. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.

“This is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission (TJC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Despite the name, it does not deal specifically with joint-related medical services; in fact, Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), of which IPMC is a member, has received The Joint Commission certification as a health care system, but this review was specific to a particular area of care at one facility – IPMC’s Joint Replacement Center.

To get the certification, the Joint Replacement Center received a site visit from TJC late last fall and got very positive feedback. The result was The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for the Joint Replacement Center for Total Hip and Knee.

IPMC’s successful “Joint Camp” care model was developed in 2006. Joint Camp is unique. It takes place on a dedicated unit that specializes in the care of total joint replacement patients. Most patients have their surgery on a Monday or Tuesday and go home on Thursday or Friday.

Patients begin therapy the day of surgery and continue at least twice a day until they are discharged from the hospital. Physical therapy focuses on getting in and out of bed and a chair, walking in the hallway, and going up and down stairs. Occupational therapy focuses on dressing and getting in and out of the bathtub or shower safely.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Indian Path has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with joint replacement,” said Jean Range, executive director for Disease Specific Care Certification for The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend IPMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

 “The success of this program is a result of the dedication of team members from an interdisciplinary approach,” said Susan Fannon, IPMC’s assistant administrator and CNO. “The Joint Commission surveyor was very complimentary of our program and commented on a number of best practices that he observed during the site review.”

One of those best practices was IPMC’s annual Joint Replacement Reunion. It was held last year at Allandale Mansion’s pavilion and treated the patients to a barbecue meal and a low-key celebration while recognizing their progress during recovery.

Dr. Greg Jeansonne, Medical Director for the Joint Replacement Center, told patients at the 2012 reunion, “This part is our pleasure. This is a reward for both us and you, because we get to see the progress you’ve made.”

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