Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital Recognized for Spinal Surgery - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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Published on January 12, 2015

Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital Recognized for Spinal Surgery


Milwaukee, WI - Wheaton Franciscan – Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Disease Specific Certification for Spinal Surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review during which a Joint Commission expert evaluated the site for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

“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 Mary Jo Kohout, MS, RN, Vice President of Patient Services. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in spinal surgery 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.