(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Hip Fracture program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Sanford Health’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Sanford USD Medical center becomes only the ninth certified hip fracture program in the nation.
Sanford Health underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey earlier this month. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Sanford USD Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Sanford Health has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission.
“Achieving Joint Commission hip fracture specialty certification is extremely challenging due to the complexity of these patients. Because of this, there are very few certified hip fracture programs in the nation, fewer than a dozen. Our focus with hip fracture patients is meeting their needs from the time they arrive at Sanford until they are discharged. We are devoted to achieving the best outcomes for our patients,” says Brenda Larsen, vice president of Ortho/Neuro/Rehab Services at Sanford USD Medical Center.
The hip fracture program at Sanford USD Medical Center uses a comprehensive team approach, focusing on standardization in care, getting patients moving after surgery to help prevent complications and creating a geriatric-friendly environment that focuses on the specific needs of elderly patients. Patients are educated through their stay with a plan for osteoporosis follow-up recommended after discharge.
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 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
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