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Local hospital achieves gold in spinal fusion

February 13, 2011

It is the only hospital in Georgia to achieve Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Augusta, GA – Doctors Hospital received great news recently that has a big impact on back patients in the CSRA.

The Joint Commission, which measures the quality of health programs nationwide, has announced that Doctors Hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval Award for its Spinal Fusion Program. Doctors Hospital is the only hospital in the state and one of five in the nation to achieve this certification.

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that joins, or fuses, two or more vertebrae. The certification means that Doctors Hospital delivers treatment and care for back patients needing spinal fusion that can significantly improve the outcomes for those patients, according to The Joint Commission. Doctors Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Spinal Fusion 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 Doctors Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.
 
"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission disease specific certification provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Angela Taylor, Director of Physical Medicine. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in spinal fusions is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” she adds.

In 2009, Doctors Hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for its Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement programs. In addition, the hospital has achieved for last three consecutive years a Clinical Excellence Award for its orthopedic services and a five-star rating for its overall orthopedic services from HealthGrades, a nationally recognized health ratings company.

“Our mission is to provide the best care for patients. This certification is a reflection of the excellent team work of our surgeons, nurses, therapists and other staff in providing outstanding patient care,” says C. Shayne George, President/CEO of Doctors Hospital.

About Doctors Hospital
Doctors Hospital is a full service medical/surgical facility, located in the heart of Augusta's fastest growing area, committed to quality healthcare services, advanced diagnostic/treatment technologies, and wellness resources. In addition to Orthopedics, Doctors Hospital specializes in Cancer Care, Women’s Services, and is home of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which cares for over 3,000 patients annually.

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