By: Courtney Thomas—
Muncie, IN– Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. 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. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is the first organization in the state of Indiana to earn this advanced certification.
“The ability to achieve such high level of care and patient satisfaction is only possible due to the dedication and hard work put in daily by our joint replacement care team, which includes the highly skilled surgeons of Central Indiana Orthopedics,” said Paula Tyler, service line leader of orthopedics and neurosciences at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. “It is this teamwork that allows us to be a center of excellence in total hip and knee replacement surgery.”
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review on December 5 and 6, 2017. 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 our commitment to providing the safest, highest quality care to our patients,” said Jeff Bird, MD, president, IU Health East Central Region. “The advanced certification will help us 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.
For more information on Indiana University Health’s orthopedics programs, visit iuhealth.org/joints.
About Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital serves as a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital for East Central Indiana and part of Indiana University Health. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and maintains 1.2 million square feet of facilities. More than 17,700 patients are admitted every year and more than 300,000 outpatient procedures are completed annually. Dr. Jeff Bird is President. Learn more at iuhealth.org/ball-memorial.
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 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.