Published on October 05, 2015

Owensboro Health Awarded Multiple Certifications From The Joint Commission

OWENSBORO, KY (October 5, 2015) – Owensboro Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification, Joint Replacement – Knee Certification and Joint Replacement – Hip Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Owensboro Health underwent a rigorous on-site review by Joint Commission experts who evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards in stroke care, Joint Replacement – Knee and Joint Replacement – Hip 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.

“Owensboro Health is pleased to receive three Disease-Specific Care Certifications from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Joni Sims, Director of Medical Surgical at Owensboro Health. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”

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.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.