Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement. It is the first hospital in Houston to earn this advanced certification, which is given to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
To earn this designation, the hospital went through a rigorous, on-site review from The Joint Commission as experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-care, among other criteria.
“Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital is honored to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Ed Tufaro, Vice President of Operations at MHOSH. “As the first hospital in Houston to earn this accreditation, we will continue raising the standards for patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery.”
Operating since 2006, MHOSH brings Memorial Hermann’s exemplary standards for patient safety, quality and excellence to a facility that is focused on orthopedic and spine care. MHOSH staff is specially trained and dedicated to helping patients undergo inpatient procedures that restore or improve functionality and allow them to return to an active lifestyle. More than 90 percent of MHOSH patients are able to walk on the same day as their hip or knee replacement surgery, according to the past 12 months of data. In addition, MHOSH patients were above the 90th percentile as compared to all hospitals in reporting being satisfied with their care.
“This recognition is a true testament to our dedication to provide the latest in surgical technology to provide patients with the best possible outcome,” said Dr. Kenneth Mathis, an orthopedic surgeon and physician leader of the Joint Center at MHOSH and associate professor in the department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “We are committed to helping joint replacement patients regain mobility quickly after surgery, which is critical to their overall health and happiness.”
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement was established in 2016 and is awarded for a two-year period. The advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.