'Gold Seal' For Total Knee Replacement 
Monday, 07 March 2011 

Twin Cities Is The Only San Luis Obispo County Hospital To Receive Certification Specifically for Knee Replacement

Templeton, CA  – Twin Cities Community Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety for Total Knee Replacement.

The accreditation award recognizes Twin Cities’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s high standard of quality and patient care.

“An increasing number of patients across the nation are in need of advanced orthopedic procedures, and a hospital that has received accreditation from The Joint Commission has successfully complied with the highest standards for quality and safety,” says Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “I congratulate Twin Cities for successfully taking this challenge and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.”

The Joint Commission introduced disease specific surgery standards in 2001 to provide oversight for hospitals performing invasive procedures.

"We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safe, high quality patient care. Achieving accreditation from The Joint Commission is a team effort that will bring confidence to our patients and give us a framework to provide the best care possible,” says Rick Lyons, CEO.

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.