Earning Gold

BAY SHORE, NY – Southside Hospital announced today it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its total hip and total knee replacement programs.

To achieve the certification, the hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review to ensure compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards including orthopedic consultation and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-operative follow-up by an orthopedic surgeon.

“The Southside Hospital orthopedics department has been continually working to expand and seek the best treatment options to offer its patients,” said Fred Cushner, MD, chair of orthopedics at Southside Hospital. “I am very proud of the team for helping us to achieve this designation.”

Michael Nett, MD, coordinator of Southside Hospital’s orthopedics joint program, added, “To get the best result after a total knee or total hip replacement, a strong connection and understanding between the patient and his or her orthopedic surgeon as well as a commitment from both parties to take the necessary steps to make this a success is required. The Southside orthopedic team’s dedication to its patients has helped many people get back to enjoying their activities.”

Southside’s orthopedics team is dedicated to providing innovative procedures with optimal patient outcomes. For example, the hospital offers numerous options in the treatment of arthritis of the hip and knee including injections, physical therapy, cartilage enhancement surgery and partial and complete knee replacement surgery. Keith Reinhardt, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Southside, has been performing hip replacements utilizing an anterior approach as another option for patients requiring hip replacement surgery.

As can be seen, Southside Hospital offers numerous options to address a specific patient's needs.

The Joint Commission total hip and total knee 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 related to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and a person’s return to their everyday activities.

For more information about Southside Hospital’s orthopedics department, call 631-647-3800.

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