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GAMC Earns Re-Certification for Joint Replacement Program

Awards & Recognition

Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Joint Replacement Program has been certified since 2011 and is pleased to be re-certified and recognized for on-going dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. 

The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey on Sept. 5. A Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated Glendale Adventist Medical Center 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 re-certification, Glendale Adventist Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Glendale Adventist Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.” 

“We are very proud of our team for achieving re-certification for our joint replacement program,” stated Warren Tetz, senior vice president of Operations/COO  at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “Our team was recognized for many best practices, which underscores the excellent care our patients receive. The surveyor also noted that our patients commented during the survey process about the superior service they received from the Glendale Adventist Medical Center team."

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. 

 “Joint Commission certification helps support our culture of excellence. We’re honored to be awarded this Joint Commission re-certification because it is another external endorsement of our commitment to improve health care for our patients through quality care based on the best medical evidence available,” said Philip Merritt, MD, medical director of the Orthopedic Institute at GAMC.

“Our renowned orthopedic specialists develop comprehensive treatment plans for each patient with the main goal to provide the best and safest care possible, and this distinction further validates our commitment to quality and dedication to our mission,” said Angela Garcia, coordinator of the Joint Replacement Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. We are very proud of this certification.”

“Nearly one in four people experience joint pain every year, and nearly 750,000 people undergo either total hip or knee replacement surgery annually. As our population ages, the need for hip and knee replacement surgery continues to increase as people seek ways to improve their quality of life. Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in these types of surgeries and as evidenced by this re-certification, Glendale Adventist is committed to providing excellent care for our patients,” said Garcia.

Learn more about GAMC's Joint Replacement Program, or call (818) 409-8000.