WICHITA –Wesley Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Total Knee & Hip Replacement Program. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“We are excited to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission,” said Megan Neel, RN, acute care coordinator of Wesley’s Total Joint Replacement Program. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for patients in our community.”
Wesley underwent a rigorous on-site review Sept. 29 where The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with knee and hip replacement-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. The certification was awarded for a two-year period.
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification was established in 2002 and addresses 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.
“Wesley has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with knee and hip replacement procedures,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Wesley for becoming a leader in knee and hip replacement care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for Wesley patients in its community.”
Since 2010, Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER have performed more than 3,000 knee and hip replacement procedures. Wesley’s Rapid Recovery Program, designed for the care and rehabilitation of total joint replacement patients, includes pre-surgery classes, where Neel and other orthopedic caregivers walk patients through what they can expect, including surgery preparation, the surgery itself and their outpatient therapy.
Wesley announced plans earlier this year of a $10 million renovation and expansion of its ortho/spine unit that includes an updated physical therapy space, brand new equipment, new monitors and an expansion from 31 beds to 34.
“Our Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence floor construction is going to be an exceptional project,” said Casey Guber, chief operating officer for Wesley Healthcare. “We realize people have a choice with where they go for surgery and where they receive care. We want people leaving not only with an exceptional care experience, but a feeling that the amenities were that of a luxury hotel.”
Wesley has also been designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee & Hip Replacement as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Specialty Care Program. Wesley was one of only nine Kansas facilitates to be recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for its program expertise and cost-efficiency.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its Total Knee & Hip Replacement Program, please visit www.wesleyorthoscore.com.