September 23, 2016

Holy Family Hospital is First Hospital in Massachusetts to Earn Advanced Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery from Joint Commission

          Holy Family Hospital today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
          Holy Family Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn this advanced certification, which 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. 
          To be eligible for this certification, Holy Family Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review on September 22, 2016. 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 Holy Family Hospital’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Wendi Roberts, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “The advanced certification will help Holy Family Hospital 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.
           “Holy Family Hospital achieved this certification due to the hard work and dedication of our physicians and staff, who are committed to delivering the highest standards of care to our patients,” says Holy Family Hospital President Joseph Roach.  “We are proud to receive this advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, because it demonstrates our hospital’s commitment to the continued improvement of patient care and patient safety for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery.”
          Holy Family Hospital also earned The Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification for Hip and Knee Surgeries, and is nationally recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts as a Blue Distinction Center® Plus for excellence in hip and knee replacements.
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About The Joint Commission
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About Holy Family Hospital 
Holy Family Hospital is a 385-bed acute-care hospital with two campuses, Holy Family Hospital - Methuen and Holy Family Hospital- Haverhill. Both full-service locations provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services to the greater Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. The hospital’s strengths include orthopedic care, cancer care, neurology/neurosurgery, wound and hyperbaric care, behavioral medicine and maternity care. Both campuses are proud recipients of the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and have earned “A” Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group for their performance on national standards of safety, quality and efficiency. Holy Family Hospital has also been named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals two years in a row (2015, 2016), the only hospital in eastern Massachusetts to earn this distinction for two consecutive years, placing it in the top 2% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance. Holy Family Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care Systems LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England, which combines over 3,0000 physicians, 10  hospital campuses, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care.