Avista Spine Joint Commission

(Louisville, Colo.) Avista Adventist Hospital has earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for its Spine Surgery Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commissions national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Avista Adventist Hospitals dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commissions state-of-the-art standards.

Avista Adventist Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in May 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Avista Adventist Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including patient education, patient satisfaction, and pain management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Avista Adventist Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing spine surgery," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Avista for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence, says Dennis Barts, Chief Executive Officer of Avista. Achieving Joint Commission certification in spine surgery, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.

The Joint Commissions Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002 is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

In reflecting this accomplishment, Candace Stutson, Assistant Nurse Manager of the Spine Program said, Achieving the Spine Surgery Certification through the Joint Commission represents the efforts of people across the hospital collaborating to provide the highest possible level of care for our patients. We drew together a team representing all disciplines doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, case managers and chose specific clinical performance improvement goals, including ways to improve pre-operative patient education, pain management, and overall patient satisfaction, in order to make a positive impact on our patients recoveries.

Kim Crawford, Director of Quality resources said, We are committed to providing the highest level of care and the best patient experience for our community. This award recognizes the quality of care provided by our staff on a daily basis for discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion patients. The process has provided us a framework to elevate the patient experience for our spine patients, which includes addressing our patients educational needs, making sure their questions are answered, and making sure their transition home is safe and smooth.

Lesley Radocy, Chief Nursing Officer said, The certification provides us with the opportunity to both learn and share best practices. By using evidence based practice and applying process improvement methodologies to our work, we seek to have outcomes that exceed national standards.


About Avista Adventist Hospital
Avista Adventist Hospital is a full service, 114-bed acute-care hospital with a medical staff of more than 600 physicians. In addition to providing first-rate orthopedic and critical care services (cardiac, emergency, trauma and intensive care), Avista is the home to the area's leading birthing services and largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Known for devotion to whole person care and tireless attention to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment, Avista and its 630 associates have been recognized for excellence by an impressive list of independent organizations that assess quality and patient satisfaction.

For more information visit the Spine Care Program at Avista Adventist Hospital website.