HOUSTON (February 17, 2015)

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its knee and hip replacement surgeries by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Memorial Hermann Southeast’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

Memorial Hermann Southeast underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the hospital 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, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with knee and hip replacements,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Memorial Hermann Southeast for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"This certification solidifies our position as a hospital that is focused on providing safe, quality care to our patients,” said Victor Van Phan, D.O., medical director of the Joint Replacement Program at Memorial Hermann Southeast. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in knee and hip replacement, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining a culture of excellence.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, 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.

“We are honored by The Joint Commission’s recognition of our outstanding Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery Program,” said Erin Asprec, CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast. “However, we are even more proud that our physicians, nurses, and staff support each other and are focused on providing safe, high quality care to each of our patients.”

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is a leader in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic disorders, offering patients individualized orthopedic care and customized treatment programs. Its affiliated orthopedic surgeons treat the full array of orthopedic injuries, including: fractures, sprains and strains, torn ligaments, tendon ruptures and cartilage injuries. The hospital’s comprehensive services include inpatient and outpatient treatment for post-sports injuries and surgeries; orthopedic problems associated with shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries; back, neck and shoulder pain; postoperative care following total joint replacement; knee ligament reconstruction; and soft-tissue injuries.

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its knee and hip replacement surgeries.


About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, 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 accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations: The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications. Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.