This is the fourth time since 2012 that Englewood Health has received the spinal fusion certification; it has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement-Hip and Total Joint Replacement-Knee continuously since 2008.
Dr. Asit Shah, chief of orthopedic surgery and co-founder of the Joint Replacement Center at Englewood Health, said the Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“It reflects the dedication of everyone involved in hip and knee replacement, from orthopedic surgery through rehabilitation,” he said.
Dr. Omar Syed, a neurosurgeon, agreed.
“This national quality rating for spinal fusion surgery provides external validation of our safety and quality, which patients can rely on when choosing a hospital for spine surgery,” he said. “Our team is providing top-notch spine care, day in and day out, and every member of the team is to be commended on this achievement.”
Englewood Health underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in November 2020 for all three programs, in which Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards, as well as assessed clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The review process included surveys that studied patient outcomes, patient and team member interviews, and policy reviews.
Mark Pelletier, chief operating officer for accreditation and certification operations and chief nursing executive at the Joint Commission, praised Englewood.
“Certification recognizes health organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” he said. “We commend Englewood Health for using certification to reduce variations in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for joint replacement and spinal fusion patients.”
Englewood Health CEO Warren Geller said the award is deserved recognition for the efforts of the staff.
“Achieving this level of certification in spinal fusion, total hip replacement and knee replacement surgery is a reflection of the tireless efforts of our doctors, nurses and other clinical and nonclinical staff, who are committed to assuring quality and safety every day for our patients,” he said. “We congratulate our teams on this recognition of our quality and safety by the Joint Commission and we thank each member for their dedication to our community.”