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St. Charles Becomes First in Suffolk County Awarded Advanced Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement Programs from The Joint Commission

January 18th, 2017

St. Charles is the first hospital in Suffolk County to earn Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Programs from The Joint Commission, an independent, nonprofit organization, which is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

St. Charles underwent a rigorous on site review by Joint Commission surveyors in December 2016 to earn this designation. The review focused on transitions of care from the pre-surgical orthopedic consultation to the intraoperative, hospitalization or ambulatory surgical centers admission, rehabilitation activities and follow up visit with the orthopedic surgeon.

“As a leader in orthopedic care, St. Charles works to provide high-quality care for joint replacement patients across Long Island. We are honored to be the first in Suffolk County with this new, advanced designation because it looks at every stage of care, including first contact at the orthopedic office, to surgery at the hospital, to follow-up and rehabilitation care after the patient has returned home,” said Jim O’Connor, executive vice president/chief administrative officer, St. Charles Hospital.


"St. Charles Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with hip replacement and knee replacement,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Charles for becoming a leader in with hip replacement and knee replacement care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for hip and knee replacement patients in its community.”

According to The Joint Commission website, key characteristics of Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement programs include:

  • Total hip and total knee patient care from the orthopedic consultation, preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative through to the orthopedic surgeon follow up visit including all transitions that occur within each of those phases of care.
  • Surgeries performed in inpatient, hospital based outpatient (same day surgery), and ambulatory care settings (free standing).
  • Education of the total hip and total knee replacement patient in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases
  • Shared decision making
  • Consistent communication and collaboration of all healthcare providers involved