Jupiter Medical Center, ranked number one for safety, quality and patient satisfaction in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast region, today announced it has been selected as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Total Hip & Knee Replacement, and Spine Surgery, as well as receiving The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission for Total Hip & Knee Replacement, Total Shoulder Replacement, and Spine Surgery.
Jupiter Medical Center is the only hospital in the state of Florida to earn all five highly coveted accreditations, a designation awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association for delivering exceptional care and results for patients undergoing these orthopedic surgeries.
“The orthopedic program at Jupiter Medical Center provides world-class care to patients who come from all parts of the country to receive the best outcomes possible,” said Dr. Amit Rastogi, president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “It’s an honor to be recognized for meeting the vigorous criteria for outstanding orthopedic care set by both the prestigious The Joint Commission and the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.”
The Joint Commission is the recognized global leader for health care accreditation. The independent, not-for-profit organization examines a hospital’s quality achievement in patient care and safety and establishes the most rigorous standards to raise the bar among health care providers globally. Furthermore, Blue Distinction Centers® are nationally designated healthcare facilities that demonstrate a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.
Jupiter Medical Center takes a coordinated and comprehensive approach to orthopedic care, delivered by an expert, multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physical therapists and other skilled clinicians. The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center at Jupiter Medical Center has long been at the forefront of joint replacement and spine care, providing innovative and high-quality diagnosis and treatment.
As a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, Jupiter Medical Center is recognized for its expertise in total knee and hip replacement surgeries, including assessments of patients’ physical abilities after surgery, known as “functional outcomes.” Blue Distinction Centers+ is an additional designation recognizing Jupiter Medical Center’s performance on measures of cost-effectiveness and affordability, such as lower complication rates and fewer hospital readmissions.
Jupiter Medical Center has also invested in innovative technologies that offer less invasive treatment options, better results, and speedier recovery times. The hospital recently enhanced its total knee replacement capabilities with Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology. The Mako Robotic-Arm creates a 3D virtual model of the patient’s bone anatomy, allowing medical teams to place implants virtually, prior to surgery. Once the surgical team is satisfied with the virtual model, they can use the Mako to proceed with surgery. This allows for more precise bone preparation, less soft tissue injury, and the potential for less pain and a speedier recovery. The Mako is also used for partial knee and hip replacements, and total hip replacements.
“Implementing new technologies, such as the Mako for knee and hip replacements, is just one example of our ongoing efforts to enhance patient care and help our patients get back to enjoying their lives without pain or mobility limitations,” Dr. Rastogi said.
Facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers® for Spine Surgery demonstrate expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissions compared to other facilities. Additionally, to meet The Joint Commission’s certification for spine surgery, providers must meet three core requirements: standards, clinical practice guidelines, and performance measurement.
Dr. Rastogi says, “To be the only hospital in the state to earn all of these highly coveted awards for quality and safety, is an accomplishment earned by the expertise of the entire orthopedic team, and our focus on minimally invasive techniques and reducing patient recovery times.”