Pictured L-R: Elizabeth Meline, P.T.; Ma. Lida Pineda, R.N.; Maria Ester
Rodriguez, R.N., Project Leader; Javier Iruegas, C.E.O.;
Jose Marina, D.O.; Joseph Arevalo, R.N., Project Coordinator; Jacqueline Flores, R.N.; and
Yadira Mancha, O.T.R.
Mission Regional Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Institute has
earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for hip
and knee replacement surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint
Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety.
In earning the Gold Seal of Approval, Mission Regional Medical Center
becomes the first and only hospital in Hidalgo County with such a distinction
for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
Mission Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey on
April 26th, 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert reviewers evaluated
Mission Regional Medical Center for compliance with hip and knee replacement
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, Mission Regional Medical
Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for
its patients with hip and knee replacement," 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 Mission Regional Medical Center for successfully undertaking
this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence
in the community it serves.”
"With this additional Joint Commission Certification, we continue
demonstrating the significant investment in programs and services we offer
our community. The Joint Commission Gold Seal provides us with the proven
framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create
a culture of excellence. Achieving
The Joint Commission Certification in hip and knee replacement, is a major step toward raising the bar in our region for clinical excellence
and continually improving the care we provide,” said Javier Iruegas,
CEO, Mission Regional Medical Center.
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 providing
an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.
“It is an honor to lead the way in delivering high quality care
to our patients. Our hard work and dedication is reflected in obtaining
certification for both our
hip and knee replacement surgeries,” commented Maria Ester Rodriguez, RN, BSN, Project Leader.
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. An independent, not-for-profit
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 for more information about our
Joint Replacement Institute.