Newswise — (New York – July 17, 2014) The Joint Commission has re-certified Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in hip replacement, knee replacement, shoulder replacement and spinal fusion surgery in their Disease-Specific Care Certification Program. In addition, the department is the first in New York State to be certified in shoulder replacement and spinal fusion surgeries for this category. This re-certification demonstrates that a program has met The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

With participation optional, hospital departments undergo a rigorous, three-day, on-site survey by a Joint Commission reviewer who assesses compliance with “best practice” standards for infection prevention and control, leadership and patient management. This was a re-certification for the four programs that had been originally certified in 2012.

“Achieving these certifications is the result of a continuous, two-year effort by our entire institution,” said Peter D. McCann, MD, Chairman of Beth Israel’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “With these re-certifications we have official recognition by a nationally acknowledged organization that we satisfy the highest standards for quality care and patient safety.”

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Mount Sinai Beth Israel has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for patients undergoing hip replacement, knee replacement, shoulder replacement and spinal fusion surgery,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Mount Sinai Beth Israel for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

This successful re-certification was truly a group effort. Dozens of people from more than ten departments contributed, including administration, nursing, medical records, physical therapy, pharmacy, music therapy, QI team, infection control, blood band, decision support, revenue control, information services and financial planning. Dr. McCann notes, “Lana Denysyk, Quality Improvement Project Manager for orthopedic surgery, deserves special recognition for her efforts coordinating and guiding the entire project.”

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

About the Mount Sinai Health SystemThe Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community‐based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care. The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The Joint CommissionFounded 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 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations: The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications. Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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