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Coon Joint Replacement Institute Receives Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Re-Certification

The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standard-setting and accrediting body in healthcare has awarded the Coon Joint Replacement Institute at Adventist Health St. Helena the Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement. The Gold Seal is awarded for demonstrating continuous compliance with Joint Commission performance standards. It is recognition of Adventist Health St. Helena’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The Joint Commission evaluated specifics from pre-operation planning to surgery and recovery, including patient education leading up to the procedure, the safety and success of surgery, discharge and follow-up after discharge from the hospital. Achieving advanced certification reinforces how the Coon Joint Replacement Institute remains a leader in providing comprehensive, coordinated care that addresses patient needs from the time of initial consultation to post-surgical follow-up care.

To receive re-certification, the orthopedic program at Adventist Health St. Helena underwent a rigorous onsite evaluation. The Joint Commission surveyor conducted a thorough review. When providing their findings to hospital leadership, the surveyor stated, “Your program is one of the top 10 in the nation and your patients love you all. Not just for the medical care you provide but for the genuine care from everyone.”

“Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, accreditation and certification operations, and chief nursing executive, for The Joint Commission.

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 evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life and having enough mobility to return to normal.

“This Advanced Certification means we have set the standard for the best orthopedic practices,” says John Diana, MD, orthopedic surgeon with the Coon Joint Replacement Institute. “It’s reinforcement to our patients that our orthopedic surgeons performing total hip and knee replacements adhere to the highest standards of care and their procedures result in superior clinical outcomes. Our top priority at the Institute is innovation and quality outcomes.”

Adventist Health St. Helena and the Coon Joint Replacement Institute are a premier destination for multidisciplinary orthopedic care. Using minimally invasive techniques and the latest technology, the Institute’s surgeons offer expert diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment for injury or disease of the bones and joints, including orthopedic trauma and fractures and treatment of disorders of the hip and knee.

“I’m proud of our orthopedic team for their preparation for this certification, but even more so for the compassionate, high-quality care they provide every day,” says Steven Herber, MD, president of Adventist Health St. Helena. “Our community deserves the very best orthopedic care and we are privileged to ensure they can receive it right here in the Napa Valley where they are most comfortable.”

The Advanced Certification was in part made possible by the St. Helena Hospital Foundation's efforts and its generous donors. “The St. Helena Hospital Foundation is honored to partner with Adventist Health St. Helena in support of the exceptional associates who care for our community,” comments Glen Newhart, president and CEO of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.

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For any additional questions, please call the Coon Joint Replacement Institute at 866-334-5241.

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