Lenox Hill Hospital's Orthopaedic Department Earns Gold Seal Seal of Approval for its Total Hip and Knee Program

Lenox Hill Hospital’s Orthopaedic Department has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Program.

“We are honored to be recognized with Advanced Certification from The Joint Commission for the high-quality care we provided to our patients,” said Elliott Hershman, Chairman of Orthopaedics at Lenox Hill Hospital.   “This designation demonstrates the skill and commitment of our team of orthopaedics surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and staff in providing comprehensive care to our patients undergoing a total hip or knee replacement.”

The Orthopaedic Department participated in a rigorous onsite review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopaedic surgeon follow-up care.

Established just this year and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced 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. 

A study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery projected the demand for primary total hip arthroplasties to grow by 174% to more than 570,000 procedures and the demand for primary total knee arthroplasties to grow by 673% to nearly 3.5 million procedures between 2005 and 2030.

Lenox Hill Hospital’s Orthopaedic Department is nationally recognized for excellence in the surgical care of arthritis and other joint problems. Lenox Hill surgeons offer the latest technologies to optimize patient outcomes after surgery, robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery,  direct anterior approach total hip replacement, patient-specific instrumentation for total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and arthroscopic hip surgery.

Dr. Jose Rodriguez, chief of adult reconstructive surgery, has continued Lenox Hill Hospital’s long tradition of innovation and excellence, employing and critically evaluating new technologies and surgical techniques that offer the potential for improved recovery and better long-term outcomes after joint replacement surgery. He established the Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction at Lenox Hill, promoting the use of joint preserving surgery in cases where joint replacement is not yet necessary.  The center cares for thousands of patients every year with the most advanced nonsurgical and surgical techniques.

The non-profit Joint Commission is the oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, accrediting about 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.