Ocean Medical Center Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Replacement Program

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Ocean Medical Center Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Replacement Program

Hospital re-accredited by Joint Commission for hip and knee replacement programs

Ocean Medical Center has once again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalT for its Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Ocean Medical Center's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's rigorous standards.

Ocean Medical Center underwent an intensive on-site survey this fall. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Ocean for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Employees and doctors were interviewed, facilities were inspected, and patient charts received thorough evaluation and scrutiny.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. The accreditation provides us a framework to take our program to the next level and helps support a culture of excellence that is optimal for patient outcomes," says Arthur K. Mark, M.D., co-medical director of the joint replacement program at Ocean. "Achieving Joint Commission re-certification in hip and knee replacement demonstrates our commitment to maintain excellence and continually improve the care we provide."

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Ocean Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing hip and knee replacements" says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Ocean Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

Ocean Medical Center's joint replacement program is comprised of many components that ensure quality care, close to home. The program has Board Certified surgeons, nationally certified nurses specializing in joint replacement, a Magnet award winning nursing team, Doctorate prepared physical and occupational therapists, advanced equipment and facilities, and a dedicated joint program liaison and coordinator.

Joseph P. Bogdan, M.D., co-medical director, says, "Our community members can be assured that quality orthopedic services with outcomes that rival big city facilities are available close to home, providing a level of convenience and personal concern that is unparalleled. Endorsements from agencies such as The Joint Commission validate the exceptional work that is being done and our commitment to restore patients to their individual optimum level of functioning."

"We have a phenomenal team behind Ocean's joint replacement program. I'm extremely proud of their efforts and ability to achieve this distinguished accreditation for a second consecutive time," says Dean Q. Lin, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. "Patients are choosing to come to Ocean for joint replacement services because of the level of excellence and great outcomes that are proof of the team's abilities."

To learn more about joint replacement services at Ocean Medical Center or for a free physician referral to a board certified orthopedic surgeon, visit OceanMedicalCenter.com or call 1-800-DOCTORS. For more information about The Joint Commission accreditation, go to www.QualityCheck.org.

About Ocean Medical Center
Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 321-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; DaVinci robotic surgery; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center recently completed a four-level expansion that has transformed the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.