Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth Awarded Spine Center Certification from the Joint Commission


Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its spine center by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. Plaza is only the fourth hospital in the state of Texas to receive this certification.
The certification award recognizes Plaza’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review on January 10, 2013. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Plaza 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, Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with back and neck pain that affects the spine,” said 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 Plaza 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,” said Clay Franklin, chief executive officer of Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in spine, 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.
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