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TriStar Centennial Awarded Spine Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission

December 07, 2012

TriStar Centennial is the only Joint Commission-certified spine surgery program in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 7, 2012) TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its spine surgery program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes TriStar Centennial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

TriStar Centennial underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 2012. A Joint Commission expert evaluated TriStar Centennial 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, TriStar Centennial has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with disorders of the spine," 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 TriStar Centennial for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

TriStar Centennial has the only Joint Commission-certified spine surgery program in Tennessee.

"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 Michael Schlosser, M.D., neurological surgeon with the TriStar Centennial spine surgery program. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in spine surgery, 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.

TriStar Centennial also has Joint Commission certifications for joint replacement of the hip and joint replacement of the knee, advanced certification in stroke (designated a primary stroke center), and is accredited for its hospital, pathology and clinical laboratory, and critical access hospital programs. The hospital was also recognized as a 2011 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.

For more information about the spine surgery program at TriStar Centennial, visit TriStarHealth.com and select TriStar Centennial Medical Center or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other healthcare organizations that provide long term care, behavioral healthcare, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides healthcare staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.JointCommission.org.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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