HCMC Receives Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Hip, Knee Replacements

Paris, TN – Henry County Medical Center has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and Accreditation for Disease Specific Care for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

HCMC underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in March. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with HCMC’s total hip and total knee replacement standards spanning several areas, including infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and more.

“We’re fortunate to have such a great team of surgeons in Drs. (Mark) Cutright, (Blake) Chandler and (Kyle) Stephens, supported by our surgical and rehab services departments,” said HCMC CEO John Tucker. “With the re-Accreditation of our Orthopedic Center for Excellence, patients in our community can be confident that the level of care they will receive is comparable to anywhere in the region.”

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a heath care accreditor, The Joint Commission works with health care organizations across settings to help improve patient safety and quality of care through our expert resources and tools, innovative solutions and rigorous standards,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Henry County Medical Center for its commitment to advance safety and quality.”