Maine Medical Center Programs Awarded Gold Seal of Approval by National Health Care Accrediting Organization
Maine Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for health care quality in four disease-specific programs: Knee Replacement Surgery, Hip Replacement Surgery, Stroke Care and Congestive Heart Failure. This marks the first time the Joint Replacement Center has received the Gold Seal. The Stroke Care and Congestive Heart Failure programs are renewals.
To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program's processes, its ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization , and interviews with patients and staff.
"The Gold Seal of Approval recognizes the quality of care provided by these clinical programs," says Peter Bates, Vice President, Medical and Academic Affairs, Maine Medical Center. "We are committed to providing the highest level of care to our patients and are proud to have been recognized for our efforts."
"This certification means Maine Medical Center does the right things and does them well for patients receiving care for hip replacement, knee replacement, stroke and heart failure," says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.
For more information regarding hip and knee replacement surgery, stroke care and heart failure programs, visit www.mmc.org.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state's largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.
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