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Coliseum Northside Hospital Awarded Certification From The Joint Commission

November 29, 2011

Macon, GA – Coliseum Northside Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement surgery program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Coliseum Northside Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards. Coliseum Northside Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey on November 10, 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Coliseum Northside Hospital 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, Coliseum Northside Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with degenerative joint disease” 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 Coliseum Northside Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"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 Mike Sherrod, Chief Executive Office for Coliseum Northside Hospital. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement 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.

About Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care 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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About Coliseum Northside Hospital

Coliseum Northside Hospital is a full-service, medical-surgical facility with 103 beds. It is owned by Hospital Corporation of America and is one of the three local hospitals in the Coliseum Health System. Recently ranked 14th in the nation for Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, Coliseum Northside Hospital operates a full-service 24-hour emergency room, has inpatient and outpatient surgery options, diagnostic services, an orthopedic and spine center, outpatient rehabilitation center, sleep lab and wound healing center. Learn more about Coliseum Northside Hospital at www.coliseumhealthsystem.com.