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Total Joint Center Awarded for Health Care Quality/Safety
06/15/2012
Total Joint Center Certification

Chilton Hospital was awarded disease-specific certification by The Joint Commission. The department received the certificates for “Joint Replacement: Knee” and “Joint Replacement: Hip,” which were proudly displayed by representatives at the hospital’s Total Joint Center on June 14. Pictured (l to r) are Manager of Rehabilitation Services, Jennifer Soares, PT, DPT, CHT; Executive Director of Perioperative and Wellness Services Donna Kirby, RN, MSN, CPAN; Total Joint Center Medical Director David Gold, MD; Total Joint Center Clinical Coordinator Christine Apkarian, RN, BSN, RN-BC; and Total Joint Center Nurse Manager Anna DeLuca, RN, BSN.

Chilton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Total Joint Center by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certificates of distinction are in the areas of “Joint Replacement: Hip” and “Joint Replacement: Knee.” The certifications recognize Chilton’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Chilton underwent a rigorous on-site survey in March 2012. The hospital was evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"Certification from The Joint Commission ensures the community that we are making a significant investment in health care quality standards,” said Chilton President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN. “Our goal is to provide a first-rate orthopedic center for our patients, and achieving certification in knee and hip replacement from The Joint Commission is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide at our Total Joint Center.”

Chilton Hospital also holds Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission in Stroke Care.

About the Total Joint Center:
The Total Joint Center at Chilton Hospital is a $3.6 million facility offering a unique experience to patients undergoing joint replacement and other orthopedic procedures. The Center combines cutting edge medical technology with the relaxing comforts of home. It offers 24 private patient rooms, flat screen TVs, wireless Internet, welcoming sleepers for loved ones who wish to spend the night and expanded en suite bathrooms, designed specifically for wheelchair and walker access. For more information, visit www.chiltonhealth.org/orthopedics.

About the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program:
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.

 Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the Mother Baby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, the Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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