This makes Chippenham Hospital the first in Central Virginia to earn this certification and only one of 106 programs nationwide. The advanced certification is for 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.
"At Chippenham Hospital, we take pride in knowing that we treat our patients holistically, not just for hip and knee care," said David Miller, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. "Advanced certification from The Joint Commission allows patients to be involved in shared decision-making throughout their entire care process with the surgeon and all providers."
Chippenham underwent a rigorous onsite review where Joint Commission 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-up care.
"Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Chippenham Hospital's commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "The advanced certification will help Chippenham Hospital better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement."
Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a 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.
"We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," said William Lunn, M.D., chief executive officer of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. "This certification reflects our continued focus on improving patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery."
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 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization, and the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.