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Monongahela Valley Hospital Is Recertified for Hip and Knee Replacement

(August 9, 2012 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Kate works in a bank. She enjoys tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and walking in the local park with friends for exercise. At the young age of 54, she is also one of the nearly 27 million Americans who suffers from osteoarthritis - one of the ten most disabling diseases and the most prevalent form of arthritis in the United States. Kate was seeing a doctor and taking medication to ease the inflammation, but it wasn’t until the pain forced her to miss outings with her grandson that she opted for what her physician recommended - hip replacement surgery.

"I feel like a new woman," she remarked after completing her physical therapy. "I wish that I would have had the surgery sooner so that I could have enjoyed more activities free from pain."

Joint replacement surgery (hip and knee replacement) is considered the most effective intervention for severe osteoarthritis, reducing pain and disability and restoring some patients to near-normal function.

In early August, Monongahela Valley Hospital received recertification by The Joint Commission with its respected Gold Seals of Approval™ for Management of Joint Replacement - Hip, and Management of Joint Replacement - Knee. To achieve recertification, MVH demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in Management of Joint Replacement Hip and Knee. The recertification awards recognize MVH's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the- art standards.

MVH underwent a rigorous onsite survey which was conducted by a Joint Commission expert surveyor in management of joint replacement hip and knee. 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.

In addition to The Joint Commission recertification, MVH is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee Replacement and has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® (IOQ) Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement surgery.

Monongahela Valley Hospital provides a range of orthopedic care services, including treatment of injuries and fractures, general orthopedic surgery, knee arthroscopy, hip and knee joint replacements, foot and ankle, and specialized shoulder and elbow surgery. MVH also provides a dedicated hospital unit for recovery and complete inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to help maximize function following injury or surgery.

For a list of all orthopedic physicians serving Monongahela Valley Hospital and the mid-Monongahela Valley, visit monvalleyhospital.com.

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