US health centre awarded Spine Center of Excellence certification


Park Ridge Health awarded Spine Center of Excellence by Joint CommissionPark Ridge Health (Hendersonville, USA) has been awarded a Gold Seal of Approval for its certification as a Spine Center of Excellence from the Joint Commission, a recognised non-profit that accredits and certifies healthcare organisations and programs across the US.

Park Ridge Health joins just two other health organisations in North Carolina that have Joint Commission certifications for their spine surgery programs: Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center (Charlotte, USA) in spinal fusion, and Carteret Health Care (Morehead City, USA) in spine surgery.

Established in 2002, the Joint Commission’s disease-specific certifications evaluate a wide scope of clinical programs, addressing three key 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.

Certifications are valid for a two-year period.

“Park Ridge Health has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with spinal health needs,” says Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, the Joint Commission. “We commend Park Ridge Health for becoming a leader in spinal surgery, potentially providing a higher standard of service for spine patients in its community.”

Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health president and CEO, adds: “Park Ridge Health is pleased to receive the Spine Center of Excellence Certification from the Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation.”

“The certification provides us with the framework to expand our culture of excellence for those in our community,” he says.

Park Ridge Health says that its spine centre uses a number of leading medical device technologies. To facilitate “natural healing across [an] implant”, the centre uses Titan Spine’s Endoskeleton fusion implants, which have a Nanolock titanium surface formed by a reductive manufacturing process. In 2014, the Titan said they are “the first FDA-cleared interbody fusion devices to feature nanotechnology.”

“Stephen David, medical director of Park Ridge Health Orthopaedics, is one of only 75 surgeons in the United States using this technology,” says Park Ridge Health.

“Our spine centre is also the only health system in our region using the Misonix Ultrasonic Spinal Surgery technology, which is safer to use than existing techniques for spinal nerve decompression,” adds the healthcare organisation, which comprises several specialist centres including for orthopaedics, cardiology, dermatology, and home care.

Park Ridge Health adds, “Also, in 2016, we became the first health system in western North Carolina to use the Pro-Axis Spinal Surgical table [from Mizuho OSI], which allows for safer and more precise positioning of the spine during a surgical procedure.”

“Our Spine Center of Excellence Certification validates the commitment of the administration, staff and surgeons to the highest quality and safety of spine care possible,” says David. “This certification will allow us to continue to work closely with the Joint Commission moving forward to continuously analyse and improve care for our patients at Park Ridge Health.”

Chief nursing officer Roland Joy states: “Receiving the Spine Center of Excellence designation demonstrates Park Ridge Health’s commitment to a higher standard of service and care. The national recognition reinforces the fact that our orthopaedics program is exemplary in offering high-quality care.”

The review of Park Ridge Health by the Joint Commission occurred in October, and evaluated compliance with national care standards, spine-specific requirements, clinical practice guidelines, and performance measured.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organisations in the US. Its mission, its website states, is to improve health care “by evaluating health care organisations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”



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