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THE PLACE TO BE WHEN REPLACING A HIP OR KNEE
Tough Decisions About Total Joint Replacement Just Got A Little Easier


 Arlington, VA (May 29, 2009) - Virginia Hospital Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Total Joint Replacement (hip and knee). Virginia Hospital Center earned this distinction after Joint Commission reviewers conducted an extensive and announced on-site evaluation on February 9, 2009.

To achieve the Gold Seal of Approval, the Joint Replacement Center at Virginia Hospital Center met four specific quality measures including:

  • Compliance with the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) - Ensuring antibiotics are appropriately and timely administered pre-and post-operatively.
  • Compliance with the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) for the implementation of appropriate and timely venous thromboembolism prophylaxis.
  • Patient Satisfaction - Garnering high patient satisfaction scores in regard to pain management.
  • Diabetes Intervention - Monitoring patient glucose levels pre- and post-operatively and intervening appropriately to decrease risk of infection.

"We are very proud of this distinction as it recognizes Virginia Hospital Center's commitment to the patients of our Total Joint Replacement Center," says Darlene Vrotsos, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at Virginia Hospital Center. "It is our expectation to provide patients with the best experience and the best outcomes."

The Total Joint Replacement Center at Virginia Hospital Center started in 1999. Every individual of the 265 member Joint Replacement team - including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, OR staff and physical therapists - has special training in orthopedics. Educating patients about total joint replacement is a critical piece to providing exceptional patient care. The Center provides a free, three-hour class to patients considering total joint replacement. Led by a nurse, social worker, physical therapist and occupational therapist, this early education provides a comprehensive overview of what to expect during pre-operative testing, surgical prep, surgery, the Hospital stay in an all-private patient room, and tips for a recovery that is as quick and pain-free as possible.

The Joint Replacement Center at Virginia Hospital Center was evaluated against Joint Commission standards for Disease Specific Certification through an assessment of the program's processes and ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, the emphasis on patient self-management, and interviews with patients and staff. The two year accreditation was granted by Joint Commission surveyors without any deficiencies or recommendations for improvement.

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate disease management and chronic care services that are provided by direct care providers such as hospitals and home care vendors, as well as health plans and disease management service companies. Organizations may seek certification for clinical programs for virtually any chronic disease or condition. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.


About Virginia Hospital Center

For over 60 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington metropolitan area. Virginia Hospital Center's $150 million state-of-the-art facility offers comprehensive healthcare and multiple Centers of Excellence including Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, the first NAPBC-accredited Center for Breast Health in Virginia, Neuroscience, Oncology, Total Joint Replacement (hip and knee), Women & Infant Health and Urology. Growing service lines include Executive Health and the only Lung Cancer Center in northern Virginia. Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated with Georgetown University's School of Medicine, and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. For additional information, please visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com.


 
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