Fort Walton Beach, FL – Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Orthopedic 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 Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in February 2013. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with joint replacement,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Mitch Mongell, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in joint replacement, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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.

The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. To learn more about The Joint Commission or this disease-specific certification, please visit www.jointcommission.org.