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Ochsner Facilities Awarded Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Ochsner Facilities Awarded Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Accreditation from The Joint Commission

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Hospital for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Hospital for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine was previously awarded this two-year recognition in 2021 and are two of only three hospitals in Louisiana with this prestigious accreditation.

Both Ochsner facilities underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review this summer. During the visit, a Joint Commission surveyor evaluated compliance with total hip and knee replacement standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help healthcare organizations measure, assess, and improve performance. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a healthcare accreditor, The Joint Commission works with healthcare organizations across care settings to inspire safer and higher quality of care that is more equitable and compassionate,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “Through collaborating on innovative solutions and evidence-based resources and tools, The Joint Commission helps drive improvement while maintaining accountability through our leading survey methods and standards. We commend Ochsner for its commitment to advance safety, quality, equity, and compassion for all patients.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the Joint Commission, a global leader in driving quality improvement and patient safety,” said George Chimento, MD, system chair of orthopedic surgery, Ochsner Health. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our orthopedic teams who put patients first every day, from the clinic to the operating room. Returning our patients to a life free of pain and renewed mobility is the ultimate reward.”

Orthopedic Care at Ochsner

With more than 35 highly trained orthopedic surgeons at 25 locations, a team of experienced advanced practice clinicians and the latest surgical and rehabilitation equipment, Ochsner provides the highest level of specialized care in the Gulf South, including joint replacement, a pediatric orthopedic program, orthopedic oncology, sports medicine and more. Ochsner is a premiere referral center for orthopedic care, with numerous prestigious national recognitions: Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Knee Replacement; high performing in hip and knee replacement by US News & World Report; Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement; and one of only 12 designated Walmart Centers of Excellence in the country. Ochsner Hospital for Children is also named by US News & World Report as a “Nation’s Top Specialty” in pediatric orthopedics.

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About Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health is the leading not-for-profit healthcare provider in the Gulf South, delivering expert care at its 46 hospitals and more than 370 health and urgent care centers. For 12 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Ochsner as the No. 1 hospital in Louisiana. Additionally, Ochsner Children’s has been recognized as the No. 1 hospital for kids in Louisiana for three consecutive years. Ochsner inspires healthier lives and stronger communities through a combination of standard-setting expertise, quality and connection not found anywhere else in the region. In 2023, Ochsner Health cared for more than 1.5 million people from every state in the nation and 65 countries. Ochsner’s workforce includes more than 38,000 dedicated team members and over 4,700 employed and affiliated physicians. To learn more about how Ochsner empowers people to get well and stay well, visit

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