RWJUH awarded disease-specific care recertification for spine surgery

Two surgeons working and passing surgical equipment in the operating room hospital healthcare against the background of the spine X-rays

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick announced it recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Disease-Specific Care Re-Certification for Spine Surgery.

This is the second consecutive Gold Seal certification achieved by the RWJUH spine surgery program.

RWJUH underwent a rigorous, onsite review in June. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, including clinical information management, performance measurement, program management, supporting self-management, as well as delivering and facilitating clinical care. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“We are pleased that the Joint Commission has recognized our multidisciplinary spine surgery team for the expert care that they provide,” Dr. Charles Gatt, chair of orthopedic surgery, RWJUH and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, said. “Achieving this recertification is the direct result of the strong collaboration and a shared commitment to providing the highest-quality patient care that exists among our orthopedic, neurosurgery, anesthesia and nursing teams.”

“Earning the Gold Seal of Approval for Spine Surgery is important because it assures patients that our orthopedic-spine and neuro-spine surgery programs are dedicated to the highest standard of care to achieve excellent patient outcomes,” Bill Arnold, CEO of RWJUH, said.

The RWJUH orthopedic and neurosurgical clinical teams prepared for the certification process by highlighting examples of team collaboration, innovative staff education modules that incorporate fun into learning and their extensive pain management program.

“Spine Surgery Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” Ken Grubbs, executive vice president of accreditation and certification operations and chief nursing officer, the Joint Commission, said. “We commend RWJUH for using the Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher-quality and more compassionate care for individuals served.”