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Durham Regional Hospital Achieves Certification from The Joint Commission: Forward Motion Joint Replacement Program Awarded the Gold Seal of Approval

Jan. 4, 2012

Durham, NC – Durham Regional Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its joint replacement program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. This certification recognizes Durham Regional’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Durham Regional underwent a rigorous on-site survey December 12, 2011. An orthopaedic Joint Commission surveyor evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of joint replacement patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Durham Regional Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the patients in their joint replacement program,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Durham Regional Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis,” says Kerry Watson, Durham Regional Hospital president. “Achieving Joint Commission certification for our total joint program provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. This is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit 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