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Saint Luke’s South Hospital Awarded Orthopedic Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee Certification from The Joint Commission

January 21, 2016

Saint Luke’s South Hospital announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Orthopedic Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.  

Saint Luke’s South Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2015. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with Orthopedic Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.  

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based 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.

"Saint Luke’s South Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with Orthopedic Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Luke’s South Hospital for becoming a leader in Orthopedic Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for Orthopedic Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee patients in its community.” 

"Saint Luke’s South Hospital is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Julia Woods, Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Luke’s South Hospital. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”   

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

About Saint Luke’s South Hospital
Saint Luke’s South Hospital is part of Saint Luke's Health System, which consists of 10 area hospitals and many primary care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

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