The Joint Commission certifies Providence programs

December 30, 2013

Providence hospitals in Portland receive hip and knee replacement certifications

Following a visit this month, the Joint Commission granted disease-specific certification for total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgeries at both Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Surveyors said they were impressed with the teams’ passion and commitment to offering the best care possible. “This accomplishment could only happen because our teams are all working in partnership with each other and physicians, focusing on our patient’s needs and expectations, and, individually bringing their special skills and talents to work each day,” said Tom Lorish, M.D., medical director, Providence Orthopedic Institute. “Our people have been instrumental in answering the call to create healthier communities, deliver excellent care and help make care affordable for all.” Providence Orthopedic Institute performs more than 12,000 surgeries in Oregon every year. Patient outcomes are consistently top-ranked for improved mobility and reduced pain.

Recertification for Providence Heart and Vascular Institute VAD Program

The Ventricular Assist Device Program, or VAD, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center has been recertified after a separate visit by The Joint Commission. Surveyors said the program had many “best practices” they will share with other health care organizations across the country. VADs are implanted electrical devices that help keep the heart’s blood flowing in patients with weak hearts or heart failure. “Recertification by the Joint Commission speaks to the high quality of care provided by our dedicated team of providers,” said Jacob Abraham, M.D., medical director of Providence’s VAD program. “We are privileged to be amongst an elite group of hospitals that provide this advanced heart technology.” Providence Heart and Vascular Institute’s VAD program received initial certification in 2011 and has been visited by other hospitals as a model.

The Joint Commission’s certification process is designed to help health care organizations provide safe, high-quality care and treatment to their patients. Health care professionals use the certification process to learn about opportunities for improvement and showcase best practices.