Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Awarded Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Joint Commission Gold Seal of ApprovalBon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital orthopedic services recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, the first time the certification has been awarded in Hampton Roads.  The hospital earned this prestigious designation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care and is a demonstration of the hospital’s commitment to providing exceptional patient care.    

“Achieving Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Bon Secours Mary Immaculate’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The certification will help Mary Immaculate better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.” 

"The Joint Commission's seal of approval reaffirms what we have long known, patients who have hip and knee joint replacements at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate receive the highest standards of care possible,” said Darlene Stephenson, CEO, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate.   “We also know that achieving these high standards are the result of a highly talented and fully engaged team of surgeons, nurses, and therapists who focus each day on ensuring that the patient’s experience is exceptional.”  

Joint replacement programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a two-year period. To maintain certification, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate must undergo an on-site review every two years and submit an acceptable, biannual assessment of compliance by the organization.   

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program evaluates clinical programs across the entire care process. Certification requires an on-site visit and intensive survey process to evaluate three core areas: compliance with national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

About Bon Secours Mary Immaculate’s Joint Replacement Program:
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate has board-certified surgeons, many of which are fellowship trained in joint replacement; nationally certified orthopedic nurses; is a Magnet Designated hospital, has a joint replacement coordinator and several dedicated orthopedic nursing units.  

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate was the first hospital in Hampton Roads to offer the Makoplasty® robotics system and first in the region to offer an anterior access hip replacement option, a tissue sparing surgical procedure that significantly reduces recovery for patients.   The multidisciplinary team performs more than 2,000 joint replacements annually and is also a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Company. The Blue Distinction Center designation ensures that hospitals provide a full range of knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries. 

About 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 nearly 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