Sky Ridge Medical Center Earns Gold Seal Of Approval From The Joint Commission

LONE TREE, CO (March 26, 2012) – Sky Ridge Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission certification for its stroke, spine, hip and knee programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. This achievement recognizes Sky Ridge’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

The Joint Commission awarded Sky Ridge’s programs the Gold Seal of Approval™ for complying with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care. To earn this distinction, all four programs had to undergo extensive on-site evaluations by Joint Commission reviewers for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Accredited programs will continue to be reviewed on-site every two years to maintain this certification.

“The dedication of our physicians, nurses and entire healthcare team is reflected in this acknowledgement by the Joint Commission, and we are proud and honored to have earned this distinction. This accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and is further evidence of our commitment to excellence,” said Maureen Tarrant, CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in these programs validates Sky Ridge’s vision to provide the best possible care to our patients and our community.”

Sky Ridge offers a leading-edge stroke program including Remote Presence Robotics, the latest in stroke technology. This means patients with stroke symptoms who arrive in the Emergency Department can be assessed almost instantaneously by neurologists specializing in stroke. As a result, emergency physicians can more quickly treat stroke patients and reduce or eliminate long-term stroke impacts on their patients.

The Sky Ridge Spine & Total Joint Center is a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the vision of the state's leading neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons as well as the hospital's clinical team. Sky Ridge performs more spine surgeries than any other hospital in Colorado.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address 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.