Memorial Programs Earn Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

(March 24, 2011) - Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC) earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for its stroke, knee and hip replacement, spinal fusion, and microdiscectomy services. Joint Commission certification is only awarded to programs that meet high standards of care and pass a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey.

"We are honored that our programs earned a Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission," said Margaret Gill, MBA, interim chief executive officer of Memorial Health. "We voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide, and we're proud to receive these distinctions."

The Gold Seal of Approval for re-certification as a Primary Stroke Center recognizes that MHUMC makes exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients. Memorial has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center since 2004. More details about the program are available online at stroke.memorialhealth.com.

Hip replacement and knee replacement surgery are offered through Memorial Bone & Joint,TM a center of excellence for joint replacement surgery and the treatment of orthopedic conditions at MHUMC. Learn more at jointreplacement.memorialhealth.com.

Spinal fusion and microdiscectomy (surgery typically performed for a herniated disc) are among the surgeries offered at Memorial Spine,TM a center of excellence for spine surgery and the treatment of spine conditions at MHUMC. For program details, visit spinesurgery.memorialhealth.com.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care. Learn more at jointcommission.org.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.