ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center has earned its second consecutive Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Trinitas was the first in Union County to achieve this important designation in 2016, and underwent a rigorous on-site survey by Joint Commission experts, who evaluated compliance with disease-specific care standards for total hip and total knee replacement, including pre- and post-operative patient education, patient safety, prevention of infection, restoration of patient function and patient monitoring after discharge from the hospital.

This certification is awarded to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers who strive to elevate the quality, consistency, and safety of their services and patient care. Trinitas continues to be the only health organization in Union County to receive this certification.

"This designation is the result of the hard work of a tremendous team of professionals," said James Dunleavy, PT, DPT, MS, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Services. "The Gold Seal of Approval covers our entire program, from assessment, surgery and perhaps most importantly, rehabilitation. It continues to validate that we provide excellent, evidence-based care for our patients.”

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Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the disease-specific certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility, and the return to normal daily activities.

"Trinitas is pleased to receive disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President/CEO of Trinitas. "We look forward to improving patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery.”

For more information on the Total Joint Replacement Program at Trinitas, call 908-994-5406.

For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit www.TrinitasRMC.org or call (908) 994-5138.  

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