LGMC Receives The Joint Commission Certification for Joint Replacement


Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) was recently honored with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® receiving the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Joint Replacement Hip and Knee. This certification demonstrates LGMC’s compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Lafayette General Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients seeking joint replacement of the hip or knee,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Lafayette General for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

To achieve certification, LGMC underwent a rigorous on-site review and evaluation for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of joint replacement patients - and their families. Areas of evaluation included infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“We have built an orthopedic program utilizing best practices and combining the skills of the state’s best orthopedic surgeons,” says LGMC’s CEO Patrick W. Gandy, Jr. “I want to thank Drs. John Schutte, Scott Yerger, Angela Mayeux-Hebert and Adam Kennedy for their personal involvement in LGMC’s Orthopedic Steering Committee, which helped achieve this designation. This is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Gandy points to the orthopedic program’s quality as reasons that joint replacement patient stays are shorter than the national average of 3.5 days, with fewer complications. The average length of stay at LGMC for a total knee replacement is 2.21 days, or 37 percent less time than the national average. For a total hip replacement surgery, the stay is 2.34 days or 33 percent less time. Infection and complication rates are also reported well below the national average.

According to Press Ganey, patient surveys from LGMC’s knee and hip replacement patients from 2012 to May, 2014 place the hospital predominantly in the 99th percentile in the nation for satisfaction.

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