Beloit Health System's Advanced Joint Care Center is the first in Wisconsin to earn 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.
The Advanced Joint Care Center is a comprehensive program developed by a team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists and other care professionals to educate, assist, and support patients having joint replacement surgery. The program features dedicated nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy staff and gives patients the knowledge and the tools they need to make the transition back to their lives after joint replacement surgery as smooth as possible.
“Beloit Health System is pleased to be the first health system in the state, and one of just 31 hospitals in the nation, to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission for total hip and knee replacement. This certification is a testament to the team of orthopedic surgeons, nurses, therapists and health care providers who have worked so hard to make this program a truly high quality experience for our joint replacement patients,” says Tim McKevett, President and CEO, Beloit Health System.
The Advanced Joint Care Center at Beloit Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in April. 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.
“The Advanced Joint Care Center team is committed to providing an exceptional experience for our patients. Patients needing total hip or total knee replacement can be assured they are receiving some of the best care available in Wisconsin and around the nation,” says Jana Brotherton, DPT, Advanced Joint Care Center Coordinator.
The advanced certification was established in 2016 and is awarded for a two-year period. It 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.