May 10, 2010
Blake Medical Center Awarded Certification From the Joint Commission for Knee and Hip Replacements
Bradenton, FL – The Joint Care Center at Blake Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Blake Medical Center Disease-Specific Care Certification for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blake is one of only seven hospitals in the State of Florida to earn this distinction.
To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, on-site evaluation by a Joint Commission reviewer every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.
“This certification means Blake Medical Center does the right things and does them well for knee and hip replacement patients,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.
“Blake Medical Center voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide,” says Daniel Friedrich, chief executive officer and president of Blake Medical Center. “We’re very proud to achieve this distinction.”
The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. Blake Medical Center has already received disease specific certification from the Joint Commission in the areas of Stroke and Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack).