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Saint Joseph Hospital Earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification - Archived

Lexington, Ky. (August 5, 2019) – Saint Joseph Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification. The hospital was recognized for demonstrating continuous compliance with performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

“We’re honored to be recognized for the quality and safety of our orthopedic programs,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “Our physicians and hospital employees consistently strive to make patients’ safety, care, treatment and recovery our top priority. Being acknowledged for our continued commitment to our patients with this award is truly rewarding.”
Saint Joseph Hospital recently underwent a rigorous and unannounced onsite review, including physician, patient and staff interviews. A team of experts from the Joint Commission evaluated compliance with other orthopedic-related certification standards, including national standards, for the hospital’s Total Hip and Knee Replacement program.

“These types of certifications are illustrative of a program that holds itself to a higher standard, driven by best practices established by people who have gone before us and those who evaluate the efficacy of these standards on a regular basis,” said Tharun Karthikeyan, MD, director of the hip and knee program at Saint Joseph Hospital and a surgeon at Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine Center.

“The award for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification recognizes that Saint Joseph Hospital is committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Joseph Hospital for becoming a leader in orthopedic care, providing a higher standard of service for patients in its community.”

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About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, KY. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.

About The Joint Commission
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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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


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Monday, August 05, 2019