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Peterson Regional Medical Center Earns Triple Gold

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Hospital, Total Hip and Total Knee Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Kerrville, TX – Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has earned three Joint Commission Gold Seal’s of Approval® for accreditation for demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals and two more for their ‘Back to Life’ Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Program. The hospital accreditation award recognizes Peterson’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards and the gold seals for total knee and total hip recognizes Peterson’s compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

In May 2013, Peterson underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey. A team of six Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Peterson for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

‘In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, PRMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,’ says Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. ‘Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Peterson for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.’

‘With Joint Commission accreditation, 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 organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.’ says Patrick Murray, PRMC President and Chief Executive Officer. ‘Achieving Joint Commission Accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.’

Just few weeks later, on June 20th, Peterson repeated another rigorous on-site review for Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Peterson for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of families and patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacements, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Peterson’s ‘Back to Life‘ Program, at the first attempt was awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement on the first attempt.

‘In achieving Joint Commission certification, PRMC has voluntarily demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest level of care for patients needing total hip or total knee replacement,’ says Jean Range, M.S., RN., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.

Explains Kaeli Dressler, Chief Nursing Officer, ‘We are so proud of this accreditation. Peterson’s ‘Back to Life’ Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Program provides award-winning, patient-centered care from pre-to post-op, in order to restore the functional independence of our patients. Joined by our award-winning orthopedic surgeons, already recognized as the top 5% in the nation and #6 in the state, our multidisciplinary team envelopes patients and families, supporting them through their journey and assist them in returning back to the life they love.”

To learn more about Peterson’s ‘Back to Life’ Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Program or to attend a free joint replacement class, call (830) 258-7336 or visit the Back to Life Joint Replacement Program here.

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing 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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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