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Sanford Receives National Recognition for Hip Fracture and Joint Replacement Programs

Only program in nation to receive all four certifications

(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 as well as its knee replacement, hip replacement, and shoulder replacement programs. Sanford USD Medical Center is the only health care program in the nation to receive all four certifications and did so by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.  

Sanford Health recently underwent rigorous on-site surveys for each of these four programs of distinction. 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. 

“Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Sanford USD Medical Center and its staff for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHO, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. 

The Center for Joint Success at Sanford USD Medical Center is focused on meeting the needs of patients throughout their orthopedic journey with a comprehensive specialty program. The team is devoted to achieving the best outcome for patients.

“Achieving Joint Commission certification in hip fracture, hip replacement, knee replacement and shoulder replacement is extremely challenging,” says Charles P. O’Brien, MD, president, Sanford USD Medical Center.  “The certifications serve to validate our commitment to ongoing quality and our focus on continuing to raise the bar. This is not just a one-time event, but rather how we provide care to our orthopedic patients on a day-to-day basis.”

About The Joint Commission

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-thousand health care organizations and programs in the United States.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Africa, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 1,000 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers, eradicating breast cancer and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit

Jessica Brovold
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