GoldSeal_4colorKnee And Hip Replacement Program Earns Gold Seal

The prestigious award attests to the program’s quality.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Knee and Hip Replacement Program has received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare institutions and programs across the United States. The prestigious designation recognizes HOCC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

The award followed a rigorous on-site review by a Joint Commission expert in May 2014. The official evaluated HOCC for compliance with standards of care related to patients’ and families’ needs in areas such as infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The visit included an extensive review of the Knee and Hip Replacement Program’s processes, improvement measures, staff competency and care coordination.

“This award confirms our Joint Center’s dedication to providing the best care to our patients having joint replacement surgery,” says HOCC Joint Center Medical Director and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Carangelo. “This is facilitated by a team approach in which the patient is guided through the system effortlessly with proper preoperative education, excellent hospital care and appropriate rehabilitation after surgery.”

HOCC offers the latest techniques in hip and knee replacements, extensive patient education, and comprehensive post-surgical care and rehabilitation. Carangelo adds the center also uses “robust research tools for collecting outcome data on all our patients so that care can be constantly updated and improved.”

The HOCC Joint Center’s initiatives have included an emphasis on best practices. These include arranging for joint replacement patients to go home with home care services after surgery instead of to a rehabilitation facility and implementing a baseball-themed patient pathway designed to help joint replacement patients achieve progressive goals—bases—starting on the day of surgery.