The Joint Commission has rewarded the high-quality care in seven programs at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center (ELMC) by presenting the hospital the Gold Seal of Approval. ELMC has received Disease-Specific Care Certifications in:
* Acute Myocardial Infarction
* Heart Failure
* Hip Fracture
* Joint Replacement (hip)
* Joint Replacement (knee)
* Spinal Fusion
* Primary Stroke Center
ELMC is the first hospital in Colorado to receive these certifications in six of the seven programs, and is the first in the country to receive it for Hip Fracture.
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center is the second hospital in the country to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification for Spinal Fusion.
To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years.
The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization and interviews with patients and staff.
"This certification means that Exempla Lutheran Medical Center does the right things and does them well," says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.
"Lutheran’s Human Motion Institute would not have achieved this recognition without the collaborative efforts of both the staff & our physicians," says Diane Rossi, Lutherans Human Motion Institute Coordinator.
"Physicians are such an integral part of our program and we want to take a moment to thank them for all their hard work in helping us achieve a one-of-a-kind in musculoskeletal care in the State of Colorado."
"We’re proud to receive this distinction," says Chris Wright, Lutheran’s Heart and Neurovascular Center coordinator. "The surveyors saw first-hand our commitment, expert knowledge, passion and pride that our teams show every single day."
The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It’s the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs.
Since 1905, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center has been advancing the art of healing and the science of medicine throughout metro Denver. Today, the 400-bed, community-based hospital offers a comprehensive spectrum of specialized care, from birth to end-of-life.
Every patient can be assured of receiving the highest standard of care. Lutheran’s national accreditations include Level III Trauma, Level III Neonatal, Chest Pain Centers of America, and is the region’s only Sleep Disorders Center.
The hospital’s 2,500 employees, 800 physicians and 1,200 volunteers have helped Lutheran earn numerous recognitions, including being named one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals seven times.
Lutheran’s legacy of trusted care continues with the openings of Collier Hospice Center and Lutheran Surgery Center in 2006, and Exempla Lutheran Medical Center – Southwest in spring 2007.