Thursday, December 18, 2014

Norman Regional Health System’s Hip Fracture Program was recently certified in Disease Specific Care by the Joint Commission. This certification designates that Norman Regional works continuously to provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services.

"Our orthopedics team provides excellent care each and every day," said Norman Regional President and CEO David Whitaker. "They are dedicated to quality and earning this certification is proof of their drive to our patients, their families and the community."

Hip fractures are serious injuries that can result in long-term impairment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 258,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures among people over the age of 65 in 2010.

Norman Regional is dedicated to caring for patients that have hip fractures. This certification from The Joint Commission speaks to the quality of the care provided, said Marge Liesenfeld, Director of Rehabilitation Services.

Our team was able to achieve this certification through many months of preparation," Liesenfeld said. "This, combined with the certifications we have for Total Hip and Total Knee, helps us focus our quality efforts and assure our patients and the community that we are striving to provide the best possible care."

Programs that are certified need to address three main areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards and safety goals
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

Disease-specific programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a two-year period.

Learn more about Norman Regional Health System's Hip Fracture Program.