Bethesda, Md., December 23rd, 2011 – Suburban Hospital in Bethesda has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Joint Center.
A team of surveyors from The Joint Commission evaluated Suburban Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Suburban Hospital is the only hospital in Montgomery County to achieve the Gold Seal of Approval™ by The Joint Commission for its joint replacement program. It is also one of only a few hospitals in the greater Washington, DC region to have achieved this certification by The Joint Commission.
“We are elated that Suburban Hospital has been awarded certification from The Joint Commission,” said J. Patrick Caulfield, M.D., medical director of The Suburban Hospital Joint Replacement Program. “Certification by The Joint Commission is a testament to the unrelenting pursuit by our team to create the safest, most successful and highest quality joint replacement experience for our patients.”
The Suburban Hospital Joint Replacement Program, established in 2005, is noted for its favorable outcomes in length of stay and minimal complications following surgical procedures. The program is based on a patient-focused approach on joint education and support. The Joint Center performs more than 900 procedures annually, the most of any hospital in Montgomery County.
“We have built a superior joint replacement program at Suburban Hospital,” said William J. Sadlack, M.D., AAOS., and chairman of orthopedic surgery at Suburban Hospital. “As a doctor, I am confident sending my patients to Suburban Hospital knowing full well that the treatment they will receive is simply the best care around.”
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About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for more than 65 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.