SMH Named Center of Excellence for Hip & Knee Replacement

SMH Named Center of Excellence for Hip & Knee Replacement

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SARASOTA (May 31, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been named a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacement by DNV-GL Healthcare USA, Inc., one of the nation's leading hospital accrediting organizations. The prestigious certification recognizes the hospital's excellence in orthopedic surgery within the scope of hip and knee replacement and related procedures.

The certification process included a recent site visit from a DNV surveyor and comprehensive review of Sarasota Memorial’s procedures, quality indicators and patient outcomes ranging from mortality and readmission rates to prevention of surgical infections and complications. Patient education and pain management also were assessed.  

“Our highly trained orthopedic staff and specialists are dedicated to providing the most advanced, exceptional care to patients, and this designation demonstrates the team's commitment to meeting the highest standards for quality,” said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder. 

To earn the designation, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with DNV standards and guidelines of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. The certification is valid for three years, although hospitals must undergo an on-site survey annually to maintain the designation. 

Sarasota Memorial’s Total Joint Center offers the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatments, earning quality rankings that consistently place the program among the nation’s best. The hospital's team of orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, support staff, physical and occupational therapists, pain management specialists and care navigators work together seamlessly to ensure the best surgical outcomes and rehabilitation. The staff also provide extensive pre-operative and discharge education and follow-up care so orthopedic patients are fully prepared before, during and after surgery. 

The Center of Excellence recognition for hip and knee replacement is the latest in a series of national honors for Sarasota Memorial. Earlier this year, the hospital also was ranked America’s highest performing safety net hospital for total hip and knee replacements in a study by Modern Healthcare. Sarasota Memorial received the highest score in both procedures based on the publication's review of inpatient data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Modern Healthcare analyzed a subset of that data for the nation’s safety net hospitals (those providing at least 0.1% of the nation’s charity care). Sarasota Memorial also has earned organization-wide accreditation from DNV-GL Healthcare, and that organization's Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.