Bryn Mawr and Paoli Hospitals Awarded Certification from the Joint Commission

Thursday, March 12, 2009

(Bryn Mawr, PA) – Bryn Mawr Hospital and Paoli Hospital have both earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Bryn Mawr and Paoli Disease-Specific Care Certification for both Hip and Knee Joint Replacement.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, 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 Bryn Mawr and Paoli Hospital do the right things and do them well for Hip and Knee Joint replacement patients,” says Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“Bryn Mawr and Paoli Hospitals voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide,” says Robert P. Good, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery for Main Line Health. “We’re 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. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health is also comprised of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health Hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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