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Published on August 20, 2007

Abington Memorial Hospital's Human Motion Institute Earns Special Joint Commission Award for Joint Replacement Program

Second PA Hospital to Receive Distinction

ABINGTON, PA (August 20, 2007) - Abington Memorial Hospital's commitment to excellence in hip and knee replacement was recently awarded the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Abington's joint replacement program, the Human Motion Institute, is the second in Pennsylvania and one of 22 hospitals nationwide to receive this prestigious accreditation.

This recent achievement is Abington's second Joint Commission certification for disease-specific programs. In 2004, Abington's Stroke Center was granted a Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission, a national accrediting organization that has been setting standards of excellence for 50 years.

In May 2007, our Human Motion Institute voluntarily underwent an intensive evaluation of our compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards and performance measurement expectations for the management of chronic care illnesses. "Certification is proof positive of Abington's exemplary standards and practices in joint replacement treatments and procedures," says David M. Junkin, M.D., chief, Orthopaedic Surgery Division and director, Human Motion Institute at Abington Memorial Hospital.

"Receiving this certification is both an honor and a challenge," says Andrew M. Star, M.D., director of the Human Motion Institute's Joint Replacement Program. "We are challenged to build upon our current success by continuing to seek innovative methods of joint replacement procedures and therapies. It also means that patients can trust that our program offers the most advanced technology and is approved by a national accrediting organization."

To earn a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, a health care organization must meet or exceed the following criteria: compliance with consensus-based national standards; an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities; and the effective use of established clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care. The certification is valid for two years and will have to be reapplied for in 2009.

Established in 2002, the Human Motion Institute of Abington Memorial Hospital is a leader in performing state-of-the-art minimal incision procedures including mini-incision total knee replacement, mini-incision partial knee replacement and mini-incision hip replacement. The Human Motion Institute performs more than 1,000 joint replacement surgeries per year.

Abington Memorial Hospital is an independent 570-bed, non-profit, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and over 5,000 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, maternal child health, neurosurgery and orthopaedics.

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