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Oak Hill Hospital Awarded Additional Certification in Spinal Fusion From the Joint Commission

August 18, 2012

Spring Hill, Florida – Oak Hill Hospital announces that it has earned an additional certification from The Joint Commission. Its Orthopaedic & Spine Institute is the first orthopaedic program in the region to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its spinal fusion program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s National Standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Oak Hill Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

This certification follows immediately after Oak Hill Hospital’s receiving additional certifications for its Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement programs.

Oak Hill Hospital recently underwent a rigorous on-site survey. The Joint Commission evaluated Oak Hill Hospital’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Mickey Smith, Oak Hill Hospital CEO. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in spinal fusion, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continuing improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. 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.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare 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 currently certifies more than 2,000

disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides healthcare staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. For more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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