McMinnville, OR, Aug 20, 2015- Willamette Valley Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
The Joint Replacement Institute of Oregon at Willamette Valley Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review on August 14, 2015. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards, use of clinical practice guidelines and assessment of performance improvement process, interdisciplinary teamwork and measurement.
Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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.
“The Joint Replacement Institute has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend the Institute and Willamette Valley Medical Center for becoming a leader in total hip and total knee replacement surgery care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients in its community.”
“This recognition by the Joint Commission further validates our commitment to excellence for patients undergoing total hip and total knee replacement surgery,” said Dr. Michael Vessely, Medical Director, Joint Replacement Institute of Oregon. “Our surveyor emphasized repeatedly that he was particularly impressed with our team approach to providing the best patient care. I believe it is our teamwork and culture of collaboration that sets us apart.”
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 nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
About Willamette Valley Medical Center
Located in McMinnville, Oregon, Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) is an 88-bed acute-care, full-service facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospital employs more than 400 people at its current modern facility, which was built in 1996. Nationally recognized for its quality of care, WVMC is one of only 147 hospitals in the nation to be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for four consecutive years by The Joint Commission. WVMC features a 24-hour Emergency Department with round-the-clock imaging and laboratory services, the Joint Replacement Institute, a Critical Care Unit and a Senior Behavioral Health Services unit. WVMC also provides a host of other services including a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient Surgical Services, a Family Birthing Center, Endoscopy, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardio Pulmonary Services, Breast Center, and Therapy Services. In addition, the hospital offers specialty services in the H. R. Hoover, MD, Cancer Center and the Wound Care Center. For more information, visit www.WVMCweb.com
About Capella Healthcare
Capella Healthcare partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for quality patient care. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates acute care and specialty hospital facilities in six states. With the philosophy that all healthcare is local, Capella collaborates with each hospital’s medical staff, board and community leadership to take care to the next level. The company has access to significant leadership and financial resources, investing in its family of hospitals to strengthen and expand services and facilities. For more information, visit the website at www.CapellaHealthcare.com