Sharp Hospitals Receive National Honor for Joint Replacement Programs

Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital have joined Sharp Coronado Hospital as the only medical providers in San Diego County to receive The Joint Commission's prestigious Gold Seal of Approval® designation for joint replacement programs by demonstrating compliance with the Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety.

Sharp Coronado Hospital was the first to receive the designation for total hip replacement and total knee replacement in June 2011, and Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital earned the same honor in September and October 2012, respectively.

The Joint Commission — a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs across the United States — launched the Disease-Specific Care Certification Program in 2002 as a way 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.

"Sharp has been on a continuous journey to transform the healthcare experience for our joint replacement patients, with a dedicated focus on clinical excellence and patient-centered care," said Mary Elington, vice president of Ortho/Neuro Services for Sharp HealthCare. "Achieving Joint Commission certification in total hip and knee replacement for our organization is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide."

Sharp HealthCare has developed a national reputation for orthopedic excellence. More total hip and knee replacement surgeries are conducted at Sharp hospitals than in any other health care system in San Diego, and Sharp was the first in San Diego County to offer a new advanced treatment option for early to mid-stage knee osteoarthritis called MAKOplasty®. Sharp-affiliated surgeons perform more than 3,000 joint replacement procedures at Sharp's four acute-care hospitals each year.

About The Joint Commission
Founded more than half a century ago, The Joint Commission's mission is to continuously improve health care for the public, by evaluating and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.The Commission evaluates more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations.

About Sharp HealthCare
Selected as one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's most comprehensive health care delivery system. It is recognized for clinical excellence for services in cardiac, cancer and multiorgan transplantation, as well as orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health and women's health.

Sharp HealthCare has been widely acclaimed for its commitment to transform the health care experience for patients, physicians and staff through an organization-wide performance improvement initiative called The Sharp Experience. The Sharp system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan.