Huntington Hospital Receives the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacements for the Third Time

            HUNTINGTON, NY – Huntington Hospital’s hip and knee replacement program recently received its third bi-annual reaccreditation  from the Joint Commission for its hip and knee replacement program.  Huntington Hospital was the first in Suffolk County to receive this distinction in 2009.

            Huntington Hospital earned the designation after a voluntary site review that showed its staff has upheld the Joint Commission’s stringent standards of care and practices at the cutting edge of the latest evidence in orthopaedic medicine.  The Joint Commission was impressed with Huntington’s use of a medication during surgery that reduces the need for blood transfusion after surgery.

            “Being recognized by The Joint Commission for the high-quality of our hip and knee replacement services is an honor that came from the hard work and dedication of several teams at the hospital,” said James Gurtowski, MD, chairman of orthopaedics at Huntington Hospital. “This multidisciplinary group provides an improved patient care experience, better outcomes and represents the best of value based medicine.”

            The teams that have provided such high-quality, coordinated joint replacement care at Huntington Hospital include orthopaedics, rehabilitation, anesthesia, physical therapy, anticoagulation services and pharmacy, among others.

            The Joint Commission, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is a not-for-profit group involved in certifying hospitals for the quality of their services.

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