UT Medical Center Is First Hospital in Tennessee to Be Awarded Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

Joint Commission Gold Seal of ApprovalThe University of Tennessee Medical Center is the first hospital in Tennessee to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is 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.

UT Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on during the summer. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

“We are honored to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Becky Ashin, Vice President of the medical center’s Advanced Orthopaedic Center. “We have developed a Joint Replacement Center that provides over 1,500 joint replacements a year and continues to improve patient safety and quality outcomes.”   

“Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, interim Executive Director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The advanced certification will help UT Medical Center better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.”

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.

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.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet® recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 609-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org.