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Salmon Creek Total Joint Program Earns Certification

Joint Commission awards Legacy Salmon Creek triple certification for its Total Joint Program

Local program is third in the nation to certify in all three joint replacement areas

VANCOUVER, WA -- Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center's Total Joint Program - developed in cooperation with Rebound, a regional orthopedic and neurosurgery clinic - has earned the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for health care quality. The Joint Commission has awarded Legacy Salmon Creek disease-specific care certifications for knee, shoulder and hip joint replacement surgery.

To earn this distinction, a disease-management program undergoes a thorough review and extensive on-site evaluation by the Joint Commission. The program is evaluated against every Joint Commission standard through an assessment of the program's processes, ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

"This certification means Legacy Salmon Creek does the right things and does them well for knee, shoulder, and hip replacement patients," said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification with the Joint Commission.

Across the nation, only 120 programs have earned joint replacement certifications. The 220-bed Salmon Creek hospital is just the third program in the country to earn certifications in all three - knee, shoulder and hip replacement. The other two, JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla., and Riverside Methodist in Columbus, Ohio, are significantly larger than Legacy Salmon Creek, at 460 beds and 1,000 beds, respectively.

Over the course of the two-day on-site review, the Joint Commission traced patient care across every department within the program.
"Our surveyor was impressed by the genuine sense of purpose within our organization to place patient quality and satisfaction as our No. 1 goal," said Tim Bock, Nurse Manager overseeing the Total Joint Program at Salmon Creek. "At each step along the patient care journey, the staff and physicians at Salmon Creek reaffirmed our collective dedication to the highest possible standards of quality and service."

"We are not surprised Legacy has achieved this high honor," said Dr. Todd Borus of Rebound. "One of the reasons we partnered with Legacy on the creation of the Total Joint Program is because of our shared commitment to the highest quality of patient-centered care. We truly believe the total joint center provides outcomes comparable to the best programs in the country."

By the end of the review the surveyor had no findings of any kind to issue to our program.

"In other words, we earned a perfect score from an organization that does not issue an A+ lightly," said Jonathan Avery, Chief Administrative Officer of Legacy Salmon Creek. "Not only did we receive a perfect score, but the surveyor also strongly urged us to invest some time and effort in further developing and publicizing some of our current practices that he believes would set national standards for other programs to emulate."

Legacy Salmon Creek voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation of its program to enhance both safety and quality of care.