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Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital awarded second Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Only R.I. program to achieve advanced certification

Grant and Award Announcement


PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The certification recognizes the Total Joint Center's quality, consistency and safety of services and patient care set by The Joint Commission.

The Total Joint Center is the only such program in the state and among only three in New England to earn the advanced designation.

"This advanced Joint Commission certification is recognition of The Miriam Hospital's team approach to ensuring patients have the best possible outcome. This is achieved by providing safe, state-of-the-art care, starting prior to surgery and through the rehabilitative process," said John A. Froehlich, M.D., program director of the Total Joint Center.

Earlier this month, The Miriam Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review by the Joint Commission to become one of only 32 advanced total hip and knee centers in the country. 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 orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

A program of Lifespan's Orthopedics Institute, The Total Joint Center at the Miriam Hospital is the region's highest volume joint replacement program with clinical and quality outcomes that rank among the best in the nation. Medical and surgical services at the Total Joint Center are provided in a personalized, caring environment and all services focus on the patient experience from initial consultation through recovery. More than 1600 joint procedures were performed in 2016.


About The Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital is a 247-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. It offers expertise in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, men's health, and minimally invasive surgery and is home to the state's first Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center and robotic surgery program. The hospital, which received more than $23 million in external research funding last year, is nationally known for its HIV/AIDS and behavioral and preventive medicine research, including weight control, physical activity and smoking cessation. Named 2015-16 best regional hospital in Rhode Island and the Providence metro area by U.S. News & World Report, The Miriam Hospital has been awarded Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services five times and is a founding member of the Lifespan health system. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@MiriamHospital) and Pinterest.

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