HackensackUMC is the First Hospital in New Jersey to Receive the Gold Seal of Approval in Hip Fracture from The Joint Commission

October 24, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce that it has received a new Gold Seal of Approval for Hip Fracture from The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification program; bringing its total to 25—maintaining the most in the country. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to receive a Gold Seal for a Hip Fracture program.

“HackensackUMC is proud to receive our 25th Gold Seal of Approval,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “These Gold Seals indicate a demonstrated commitment to quality through the evaluation and collection of data – ensuring the best possible results for our patients at every step of their journey within our health network.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program, launched in 2002, evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certified programs must demonstrate a systematic approach to care delivery and a commitment to performance improvement.

HackensackUMC voluntarily underwent a thorough evaluation by The Joint Commission to demonstrate its level of quality and safety. This certification means that the Hip Fracture team not only treats its patients safely and effectively by protecting their rights and preventing infections, but also proactively educates patients and plans for emergency situations. The purpose of the site visit is to focus on how a patient is cared for throughout the entire continuum of care. From the first moment they are diagnosed, until they are back home recovering.

The rigorous full-day survey at HackensackUMC involved three hours of patient tracers reviewing patient medical records and interviewing patient care staff. The Joint Commission surveyor visited the Emergency and Trauma Center to trace the path that a hip fracture patient would take, including transitions-of-care and handoff information. The surveyor also visited orthopedic units in the medical center. The afternoon included a data session and a credentialing/competency session where staff files were reviewed for licensure, education and current certifications, such as CPR. There were no requirements for improvement cited.

The HackensackUMC Orthopaedic Institute is home to more than 50 physicians and other specialized health care professionals who are nationally- and internationally-renowned leaders in orthoedics. All of the Institute’s surgeons are familiar with the latest advances and techniques in orthopedics, and many of them are involved in the development and design of some of the implants and technologies used around the world. Each year at the Orthopaedic Institute, more than 7,000 patients are seen. Its focus on delivering quality care has also earned it The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification in Knee and Hip Joint Replacement.

“I congratulate the entire Hip Fracture Team, led by Dr. Julie Keller and Samantha Rodgers, APN,” added Sawczuk. “I would also like to congratulate Thomas Flynn, vice president and chief compliance officer of Hackensack Meridian Health; Renee Harvey, director of Regulatory Affairs, HackensackUMC; and everyone involved in receiving this new certification.”

In addition, HackensackUMC currently holds Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certifications in: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Asthma, Asthma (Pediatrics), Bone Marrow Transplant, Breast Cancer, Carotid Stenosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Colorectal Cancer, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, Depression, Geriatrics Delirium, Heart Failure, Inpatient Diabetes, Multi-System Trauma, Palliative Care, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Pneumonia, Prostate Cancer, Stroke (Primary Stroke Center), and Uterine-Ovarian Cancer.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.  Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.”  Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals –  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.