Cabell Huntington Hospital awarded Disease-Specific Certification in Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

The Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) Back and Spine Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Certification in Spine Surgery. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

“The Cabell Huntington Hospital Back and Spine Center provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to back and spine care, which gives patients access to a wide range of specialists in back and spine disorders," said Rhonda Neal, RN, clinical coordinator and nurse navigator for the CHH Back and Spine Center. “We earned this certification due to our team’s effective integration of evidence-based clinical practices and our organized approach to performance measurement and improvement. Our staff has worked hard to ensure we’ve met the high-quality standards set forth by The Joint Commission.”

The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for spinal surgery. It also evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Cabell Huntington Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review where Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, supporting self-management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.

“Disease-Specific Care Certification in Spine Surgery recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Cabell Huntington Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for spinal surgery patients.”

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