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University leads Georgia in Orthopaedic Certification March 27, 2013

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UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL LEADS GEORGIA IN ORTHOPAEDIC CERTIFICATION

AUGUSTA, GA. March 27, 2013 – University Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its joint replacement program for hips, knees and shoulders by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes University’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards. University is the only hospital in the state of Georgia to earn compliance in all three areas.

University underwent a rigorous on-site review in February 2013, during which a Joint Commission expert evaluated University 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, University has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing replacement of hips, knees and shoulders,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification at The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend University for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps further cultivate our culture of excellence,” said James Davis, President/CEO of University Health Care System. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in replacement surgery of hips, knees and joints is a major step toward 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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing 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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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