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The Only Facility in the Area to Earn National Spine Certification

ORANGE CITY, Fla., May 3, 2018 — Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is the only facility in Volusia or Flagler counties to earn certification for spinal surgery by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit national organization. 
 
Joint Commission certification is recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
 
To achieve this designation, the Joint Commission requires hospitals to demonstrate compliance with national standards and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for three distinct procedures: 
  1. the surgical removal of the whole or a part of an intervertebral disc (known as a discectomy), 
  2. a surgery to remove the back of one or more vertebrae to give access to the spinal cord or to relieve pressure on nerves (known as a laminectomy), and 
  3. spinal fusion, a surgical technique that joins two or more vertebrae.
 
This accolade complements two other orthopedic recognitions for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. In addition to earning certification for spinal surgery by the Joint Commission, the Orange City hospital has also earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for total hip and total knee replacement surgery.
 
Earning these certifications demonstrates Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s commitment to providing a higher standard of service. 
 
About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses in nine states, serving more than 5 million patients annually. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has 175-beds and is one of the seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region has 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.FHFishMemorial.org.
 
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Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is the only facility in Volusia or Flagler counties to earn certification for spinal surgery by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit national organization. This accolade complements two other orthopedic recognitions for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial; the Orange City hospital has also earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for total hip and total knee replacement surgery. Pictured, from left to right: orthopedic surgeons Dr. Nathan Turnbull, Dr. Benjamin Thomasson, Dr. Stephane Lavoie, and Dr. Stephen Reed display the three certifications.