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Sacred Heart's Joint Replacement Program Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission
Posted: 11/6/2012

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in orthopedic joint replacements. The certification award recognizes Sacred Heart’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

"I am extremely grateful and proud of the entire hospital,” Roger Hall, President of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, said. “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 Joint Replacement Program to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.”

Sacred Heart’s Joint Replacement Program underwent a rigorous on-site review in October. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Sacred Heart 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, Sacred Heart has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients requiring joint replacements," 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 Sacred Heart for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a 58-bed hospital located just east of Destin in Miramar Beach. Since opening its doors to patient care in January 2003, the not-for-profit hospital has grown steadily and continues to fulfill its mission to improve the health of the community at large, with special attention to service of the poor. The hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters in 2012 and 2008 and received the Summit Award from Press Ganey Associates in 2009 and 2010 for maintaining the highest level of patient satisfaction.

The Joint Commission
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.

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. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. 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 at

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