Fatima celebrates anniversary of hip and knee program

Fatima celebrates anniversary of hip and knee program

NORTH PROVIDENCE - On Dec. 4, Fatima Hospital held a special event to mark one year since the hospital received disease-specific certifications for its hip and knee replacement programs. The anniversary luncheon brought 30 people who had received a hip or knee replacement in the previous year back to Fatima to celebrate with surgeons and other members of their care team.

The certifications mean the hospital's hip and knee replacement program passed a rigorous review by The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

"The Joint Commission certification confirms our leadership role in the delivery of orthopedic care," said Dr. Robert Buonanno, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Fatima. "We have used the certification as a springboard over the last 12 months as we strive to make continuous improvement an everyday focus."

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, evaluates compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.