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Danbury Hospital awarded Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification

By Danbury Hospital

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DANBURY, CT - Danbury Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Certification by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in orthopedic joint and spine care. These two-year certifications recognize Danbury Hospital’s outstanding performance in three distinct programs – Hip Arthroplasty, Knee Arthroplasty and Spinal Surgery – and commitment to a higher level of care that is recognized by insurers and other third parties.

Danbury Hospital underwent a rigorous two-day, on-site certification review this month, during which a Joint Commission expert evaluated these programs for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families. Areas of emphasis included Program Management, Patient Safety and Education, and Performance Improvement.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Danbury Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with hip, knee and spine conditions," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Danbury Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Orthopedic Joint Surgeon Robert Deveney, MD, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Managers, Western Connecticut Health Network Spine and Joint, LLC, said, “These certifications recognize the high caliber of the hip, knee and spine surgery programs at Danbury Hospital, which were organized as a collaboration of many specialties with shared goals for excellent patient care and surgical outcomes. Advances in anesthesia, physical and occupational therapy, and nursing complement these programs, leading to earlier function and improved mobility for our patients.”

Danbury Hospital’s Spine Program Director David Kramer, MD, said this certification reflects the expertise and careful coordination of many specialized disciplines to serve patients with spinal injury or deformity, including orthopedic spine surgery, neurosurgery, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiology, nursing, physical therapy and chiropractic care. “Our multi-disciplinary approach combines physician expertise in a highly collaborative partnership with Danbury Hospital that is rarely seen at other medical institutions. Whether you are experiencing muscle weakness, pain, or numbness as a result of a back or neck condition, our team of spine specialists meets regularly to explore all possible solutions for each patient, both surgical and non-surgical. We prioritize treatment options before assembling the best team to meet each patient’s unique needs, and are committed to bringing the highest level of spine care to our community,” explains Dr. Kramer.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Michael Daglio, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Danbury Hospital. “Achieving Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for these three programs is a major step forward for our organization in maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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.

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 evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit 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.

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