Monongahela Valley Hospital Awarded The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement

(February 7, 2017 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is the first hospital in Western Pennsylvania to earn The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals in the nation, MVH is one of only 29 hospitals in the United States to be awarded this advanced certification.

The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

Monongahela Valley Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review January 26-27, 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

"Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Monongahela Valley Hospital's commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "The advanced certification will help Monongahela Valley Hospital better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement."

For the past four years, people receiving total hip and knee replacement surgery at Monongahela Valley Hospital have done so at its Orthopedic Institute - the only local joint replacement program that evaluates each patient on multiple clinical, functional and patient satisfaction criteria.

"In 2013, when we established our Orthopedic Institute, we changed the way people experience joint replacement surgery," explained Louis J. Panza Jr., MVH's president and CEO. "Our Orthopedic Institute offers a patient-centered program that emphasizes wellness and maximizes patient recovery times while incorporating education, a culture of early mobility, family involvement and group interaction.

"We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Mr. Panza. "People can select to have their total hip and knee replacement surgery at Monongahela Valley Hospital with the confidence that we offer the patient safety and quality of care that they expect and deserve."

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification in Total Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery is just the latest national recognition for MVH's total joint replacement surgery program. During the past four years, the hospital also was named a 5-Star Recipient for Orthopedics by Healthgrades®; received the Women's Choice Award™ as one of America's Best Hospital's for Orthopedics; earned The Joint Commission's Certificates of Distinction for the "Management of Joint Replacement-Knee" and "Management of Joint Replacement-Hip; was accredited as a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Blue Distinction Center Plus for Hip and Knee Replacement; and was designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total Joint Replacement Surgery.

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