Grand Strand Medical Center January 23, 2015

Myrtle Beach, SC – Grand Strand Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Disease Specific Care Certification for Knee and Hip Replacements by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Grand Strand Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

Grand Strand Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Grand Strand Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Grand Strand Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with knee and hip replacements,” says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Grand Strand Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

&rdquoWith Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Mark Sims, CEO at Grand Strand Medical Center. “Achieving Joint Commission certification for knees and hips, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.