HCMC’s Center for Orthopedic Wellness Earns Re-Certification

Paris, TN – Henry County Medical Center was notified by The Joint Commission in August that its Center for Orthopedic Wellness had been re-certified in Disease Specific Care for hip and knee replacement surgeries.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement is an advanced certification for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

HCMC earned certification as a Center for Orthopedic Excellence in 2018 and certifications must be reviewed every two years by the TJC. Wendy Barnhart, HCMC’s Director of Education and Employee Health, said the hospital had to provide data to TJC that it was still exceeding standards in its orthopedic program.

“Re-certification means that we are continuing to give the best available orthopedic care to the community,” said Barnhart. “We are following the best practices and have the latest technology, which ensures the best outcomes for our orthopedic patients.”

According to Barnhart, the centerpiece to HCMC’s orthopedic program continues to be the Mako orthopedic robot, which arrived at HCMC in 2015. HCMC was the third hospital in the state of Tennessee to have an orthopedic robotics program. To date, the hospital has performed approximately 1,000 hip and knee replacements robotically.

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

To learn more about our Center for Orthopedic Wellness, check out our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.  You can also watch videos on our program on our YouTube Channel.  Here is one about the overall certification:  https://youtu.be/zL-ge3l5k0I.

The Joint Commission

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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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.

About Henry County Medical Center
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.