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Grand Strand Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission

Grand Strand Medical Center December 15, 2016

Myrtle Beach - Grand Strand Medical Center today announced it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

Grand Strand Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on September 29, 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

"Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Grand Strand Medical Center commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients," said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "The advanced certification will help Grand Strand Medical Center better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.

"Grand Strand Medical Center is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Mark Sims, Chief Executive Officer for Grand Strand Health. "We look forward to improving patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery."

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

About the Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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