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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 healthcare 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.

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Main Line Health (MLH) is a non-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Founded in 1985, MLH includes Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research; Main Line Health Laboratories; Main Line HealthCare, a physician network; The Home Care Network; Mirmont Treatment Center; and Mid County Senior Services. The mission of Main Line Health is to provide a comprehensive range of health services, complemented by appropriate educational and research activities.

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