St. Mary Medical Center Awarded Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission

chs-stockSt. Mary Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The advanced certification is for critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

The Joint Academy of St. Mary Medical Center, the hospital’s innovative program for knee and hip replacement, underwent a rigorous onsite review in November. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

“By achieving recertification, St. Mary Medical Center has demonstrated its continual commitment to providing the highest level of patient care in a safe and efficient manner,” said hospital CEO Janice Ryba. “We’ve made significant investments in quality and are proud of our physicians and staff who maintain this excellence in service. With The Joint Commission certification, patients receiving a hip or knee replacement have confidence in choosing the Joint Academy of St. Mary Medical Center for their care.”

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

For more information on the award-winning joint replacement program at St. Mary Medical Center, visit or call 219-947-4365.