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Flaget Memorial Hospital Awarded Certification from the Joint Commission

Adds another full-time orthopedic surgeon


Bardstown, Ky. (June 2, 2014) – Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its hip and knee joint replacement by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Flaget Memorial Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.


Flaget Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in May 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the hospital 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 The Joint Commission certification, Flaget Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing knee and hip joint replacement surgery,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend the hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”


"Achieving The Joint Commission certification in joint replacement for our organization is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” said Sue Downs, president of Flaget Memorial Hospital.  “We are committed to the highest quality of care and The Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level.


Flaget Memorial Hospital earned certification for many practices and achievements in joint replacement care, such as decreasing the use of blood transfusions, structuring a pre-surgery class, excellent patient satisfaction data and being early adopters of new best practices/standards.


The hospital is also expanding its orthopedic surgery services. Mark Duber, D.O., an orthopedic surgeon who joined the hospital last year part-time will begin treating patients at the facility full-time beginning in July. Dr. Duber is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residency training at Cleveland Clinic.


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.


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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 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


About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana.





Publish date: 

Monday, June 02, 2014