Following a rigorous on-site review, Thompson Health’s Rehabilitation Services Outpatient Department recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Orthopedic Rehabilitation Certification. This makes Thompson the first in New York State to obtain this type of certification, which is held by only a handful of centers across the country.
“We knew we had an excellent orthopedic rehabilitation program and very talented clinicians, but having this certification helps you to meticulously evaluate every aspect of what you do. We wanted to raise the bar in our commitment to high quality care for our patients and our community,” said Director of Rehabilitation Services Carole Drake.
During a two-year process culminating with an April site visit, Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards and orthopedic-specific requirements, both at the hospital in Canandaigua and at Thompson’s Farmington Rehabilitation location. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
The Joint Commission is considered the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. In 2015, Thompson earned its Gold Seal of Approval® for demonstrating compliance with state-of-the-art standards for both hip replacements and knee replacements.
This latest certification covers rehabilitation provided to patients of all ages by physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers, for a wide range of injuries and conditions. It also covers Rehabilitation Services’ athletic trainers when they’re on the sidelines and at practices with local high school athletes.