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SwedishAmerican Hospital Receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Replacement and Stroke Care
September 26, 2013
Once again, SwedishAmerican Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in several areas of disease-specific care, including: Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, and Stroke Care.
SwedishAmerican first received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care in 2008. Designation for total hip replacement and total knee replacement was first received in 2010.
Prior to receiving the recognition, SwedishAmerican underwent a rigorous on-site survey. The hospital was evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"These certifications reflect SwedishAmerican's ongoing commitment to healthcare quality and safety," says SwedishAmerican Chief Quality Officer Dr. Kathleen Kelly.
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care.
About SwedishAmerican Health System
SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation. Through an exclusive affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican will soon expand world-class cancer services across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin when it opens a new cancer center in October 2013.