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Commitment to Excellence Earns Joint Replacement Institute Certification from The Joint Commission

The Joint Replacement Institute at Willamette Valley Medical Center has earned certification and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its knee and hip replacement surgeries by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety.

The certification award recognizes the Joint Replacement Institute’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The Joint Replacement Institute underwent a rigorous on-site review in April, 2013. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Evidence that we are working to provide the very best care for patients

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” says Dan Ordyna, chief executive officer. “Joint Commission accreditation is evidence that we are working hard to provide the very best care for patients who come to us for hip and knee replacements.”

Natalie Reed, program coordinator, says that “achieving Joint Commission certification demonstrates our commitment to excellence and to continually improving the care we provide.”

The highest level of care for patients who need hip or knee joint replacements

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Willamette Valley Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients who need hip or knee joint replacements,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission’s 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.

Patient experiences reflect a commitment to excellence

Patient experiences at the Institute have reflected this commitment to excellence. In patient surveys conducted last year following surgery:

  • 97% of patients said they would rate their hospital experience at the Joint Replacement Institute a 9/10 out of 10.
  • 86% of patients are back to normal activities and without pain three months after surgery.
  • 87% of patients go home from the hospital after their surgery instead of to a subacute rehab facility.
  • 0% of patients experienced complications in the hospital.

The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care

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

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