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St. Anthony Summit Medical Center wins prestigious Joint Commission award for Orthopedic Trauma

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center recently received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Orthopedic Trauma by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety.

Sharon Burnette, group marketing director for the Centura Health area that includes Summit County, said the certification recognizes the medical center’s commitment to reach the commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

“This is such a nice recognition for the physicians and staff who worked so hard to meet the difficult criteria put in place for this program,” she said.

The center was one of three in the nation to receive the award, and Burnette said this was St. Anthony Summit’s first win. The medical center requested that the commission review its facility on the trauma criteria, Burnette said.

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” Paul Chodkowski, St. Anthony Summit CEO, said in a prepared statement. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in Orthopedic Trauma for our organization is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. St. Anthony Summit Medical Center submitted to a rigorous on-site review by a Joint Commission expert, who evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“It’s an extensive process to qualify for this award; we had to do a lot of work to even be able to submit for it,” Burnette said. “It’s a matter of continually trying to improve our processes, of course. As we capture information year after year, we get new targets for how to improve.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program began in 2002 and is designed to evaluate clinical programs across different areas of care. Certification requirements include compliance with national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement.

“We’ll most definitely be keeping all of the things we’ve been doing in place,” Burnette said. “We always look for continual improvement and how to do a better job for our patients.”

Jean Range, executive director of the commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, said in a prepared statement: “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend St. Anthony Summit Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission also recently named St. Anthony Summit Medical Center as a top performer on its “Key Quality Measures,” for “exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions,” according to the news release.

“In Summit County we have snowboarders and skiers and all kinds of winter activities that unfortunately lead to accidents and injuries,” Burnette said. “We definitely see a higher percentage with those situations, so having the highest level of care for those folks is very important.”

“In Summit County we have snowboarders and skiers and all kinds of winter activities that unfortunately lead to accidents and injuries. We definitely see a higher percentage with those situations, so having the highest level of care for those folks is very important.”
Sharon Burnette
Centura Health


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