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Tucson’s Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital makes history

Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital and its Joint Replacement Center have accomplished something no other hospital in the United States has to date. All four total-joint replacement programs offered at St. Joseph’s—knee, hip, ankle and shoulderwere awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“As the prevalence of joint replacements grows along with our aging population, it is that much more important for patients to be confident in the safety and quality of the hospital they want overseeing their procedure and care,” said Dr. George Bradbury, an orthopedic surgeon with the Carondelet Joint Replacement Center and Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Added Dr. Edward Berghausen, medical co-director of the Joint Replacement Center, “Patients want to know not just that their surgeon is qualified, but that their care is safe. Wouldn’t you want to know your surgeon has one of the lowest rates of infection in the country? We’re putting our results out there for everyone to see.”

To earn certification, Carondelet St. Joseph’s underwent a rigorous on-site review, during which Joint Commission experts verified its commitment to:

  • Use evidence-based, standardized care designed for joint replacement patients, including those with other chronic conditions
  • Provide education about the procedure for patients and their families/caregivers
  • Collect and submit data regularly on patient outcomes

“Certification is a voluntary process and I commend St. Joseph’s Hospital for successfully undertaking the challenge to meet our criteria and, in receiving certifications, instill confidence in the Tucson and Southern Arizona community,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs.

“This accomplishment is well-earned and means something very special to the entire hospital staff and certainly to the patients and their families who place their trust in us,” said Tony Fonze, president and CEO of Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The Carondelet Joint Replacement Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital opened in 2013, and is still the only program in Southern Arizona to offer inpatient pool therapy. Patients who have gone through the Joint Replacement Center experience outcomes that often exceed national averages, such as lower rates of infection and improved functional ability after surgery.

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3 Abrazo Hospitals Earn Top Performer Recognition

Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has announced today that Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital have been named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

The three Abrazo Health hospitals are recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.

Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital are among 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. This is the second year in a row that Maryvale Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer.

Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.”

“We understand that what matters most to patients at Abrazo Health is safe, effective care. That’s why our organization has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital are proud to receive the distinction of being a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Ken Howell, President of Abrazo Health.