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Florida Hospital Waterman certified for joint replacement by Joint Commission

Florida Hospital Waterman certified for joint replacement by Joint Commission

Joint Replacement Center is first in Lake County to be awarded certification

TAVARES, Fla. (April 16, 2014) – Florida Hospital Waterman is the first hospital in Lake County to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Knee and Hip replacement by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Florida Hospital Waterman Joint Replacement Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

The Joint Replacement Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in February. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Florida Hospital Waterman has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its joint replacement patients," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Florida Hospital Waterman for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“The Joint Commission certification helps us demonstrate that we have the highest level of commitment to quality care, and to creating a superior overall experience for our joint replacement patients and families,” said David Ottati, President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Hospital Waterman. “Achieving Joint Commission certification for joint replacement is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide. This accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to

The Florida Hospital Waterman Joint Replacement Center is home to some of the region’s most experienced surgeons and caregivers. Each year, more than 8,000 patients turn to Florida Hospital Waterman for orthopedic care. Florida Hospital Waterman, which introduced a brand new, dedicated joint replacement unit in 2012, provides comprehensive medical, rehabilitation, and joint repair and replacement services including the area’s only MAKOPlasty robotic surgery.

“The Joint Commission certification for knee and hip replacement will help patients make informed decisions about their health and care,” said Jon Radnothy, D.O., Chief of Medical Staff for Florida Hospital Waterman. “The certification means we are meeting and exceeding national standards of care for joint replacement. We have demonstrated that we can improve patients’ quality of life by getting them back to an active lifestyle quickly and reliably.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed 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.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

About Florida Hospital Waterman

Florida Hospital Waterman is a 269-bed, full-service community hospital located in the heart of Lake County. Founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman, president of the Waterman Fountain Pen Company, the hospital has grown from an 18-bed facility to a leading provider of acute and home health services in Central Florida. The hospital joined the Adventist Health System in 1992, and moved to its current location in 2003. With more than 1,500 employees and nearly 280 physicians on its medical staff, the hospital treats more than 14,000 inpatients a year and treats nearly 50,000 patients in its Emergency Department annually.