Mount Sinai Beth Israel Department of Orthopaedics Awarded Prestigious Advanced Certification for Hip and Knee by The Joint Commission

New York, NY
 – September 2, 2016 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai Beth Israel has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.  It is the only hospital in New York City to receive the prestigious certification for an orthopedic program.  The award is a symbol of the highest quality safety and care, and recognizes compliance with The Joint Commission’s strict national standards.   

Mount Sinai joins an elite group of providers who meet the Advanced Certification standards.  Until now, only seven other orthopedic programs in the United States have been granted this top honor for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

“This Advanced Certification means we have set the standard for best orthopedic practices in the country,” said Steven Harwin, MD,  Chief,  Adult Reconstruction and Total Joint Replacement, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  “It’s reinforcement to our patients that our orthopedic surgeons performing total hip and knee replacements adhere to the highest standard of care, and their procedures result in excellent outcomes.”

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel underwent a rigorous, four-day, on-site survey in July, where a reviewer from The Joint Commission conducted an exhaustive analysis of care provided to patients requiring total hip and knee replacements.  They examined all aspects, including pre-operative evaluation, the surgery itself, and the patient’s recovery in the hospital following the procedure.  The Joint Commission evaluated specifics involving patient education leading up to the procedure, the safety and success of the surgery, and that patients can function independently at home in the weeks after hospital discharge.

“The Joint Commission recognizes the outstanding quality of care provided by our entire team of caregivers, from nurses in the operating room to physical therapists, internists, and orthopedic surgeons,” said Peter McCann, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel; Professor, Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  “This honor demonstrates how well our team works together to give patients the absolute best experience.”

“This achievement points out the quality and exceptional orthopedic care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel,” said Leesa Galatz, MD, System Chair, Orthopaedics, Mount Sinai Health System; Mount Sinai Professor, Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We are dedicated to giving patients top-level orthopedic care throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.”

The Joint Commission established Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement at the beginning of 2016 in response to a growing number of patients undergoing the procedures.  Other contributing factors in the establishment of this certification were the increased focus on pain management in patients, their quality of life, and having enough mobility to return to their normal, everyday activities.  The Advanced Certification lasts for two years, and recipients have the option to re-apply after it expires.

“We are excited to receive this prestigious certification from The Joint Commission that sets us apart from orthopedic departments across the country,” said Susan Somerville, RN, President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.  “This is a significant accomplishment for Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and validates our commitment to providing the highest possible level of care to our patients.”

As part of the recent Joint Commission review at the Department of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, shoulder replacement and spinal fusion surgery were re-certified for the second time. This reflects the highest standards of quality of care for these procedures as defined by The Joint Commission.  Advanced Certification is only offered for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement at this time.

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 accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. 

Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.  The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the “Honor Roll” of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report.  The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals." 

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