Danbury Hospital Earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal® of Approval Certification for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery

Western Connecticut Health Network

Danbury Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and certification renewal for its joint replacement and spine surgery program by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. Danbury Hospital is a Joint Commission Center of Excellence in three Disease-Specific areas for surgery - hip replacement, knee replacement, and spine surgery, and has also achieved The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific certifications for its Primary Stroke Center and Palliative Care.

Danbury Hospital recently underwent a rigorous on-site view of its joint replacement and spine surgery program where Joint Commission surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with national disease-specific care standards in hip replacement, knee replacement, and spine surgery.

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 us of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"Danbury Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients that require knee replacement, hip replacement, and spine surgery," said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. "We commend Danbury Hospital for becoming a leader in spine surgery and joint replacement, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients in its community."

"Danbury Hospital is proud to receive The Joint Commission Gold Seal® of Approval and Disease-Specific certification renewal, the leading health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Dawn Myles, Chief Quality Officer, Western Connecticut Health Network. "This exceptional accomplishment in healthcare quality and safety demonstrates our commitment to providing the best care for our patients, staff and community as we continue to build on our culture of excellence."

The Joint Commission Disease-Specific certifications have also been earned by Norwalk Hospital in five areas - Primary Stroke Center, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement.

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 JointCommission.org.

Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. With this recent affiliation, the organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit TheNewWCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.