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Glendale Adventist Wins Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s has earned the national Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its knee and hip replacement program. The distinction means Glendale Adventist’s Joint Replacement Center, with 575 patients a year, meets some of the most rigorous standards for health care quality and safety in a disease-specific care. It is the only hospital in the San Fernando Valley to win the certification. Launched in 2002, the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program evaluates 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, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Glendale Adventist’s Joint Replacement Center submitted to a rigorous on-site survey on Sept. 2. The center was evaluated for infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. “Joint Commission accreditation helps support our culture of excellence,” said Dr. Philip Merritt, medical director of the Orthopedic Center at Glendale Adventist. “This is another external endorsement of our commitment to improve the health care for our patients through quality care based on the best medical evidence available.”

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