The Best in Orthopedic Trauma Care – Again

Article Date: Mar 17, 2015

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) has been granted a two-year recertification for Orthopedic Trauma Disease Specific Care.

Creighton University Medical Center was the second hospital in the country to be recognized by the Joint Commission for this kind of care in 2013. Today, only four hospitals are certified: one in Colorado, a second in Florida, a third in Texas and CUMC in Nebraska.

“The surveyors were very complimentary of our Orthopedic Trauma Program and found the staff knowledgeable, engaged and excited about the care we deliver to our patients,” said CUMC’s Director of Quality Management Kathy Wolter, BSN, RN.

“This is wonderful proof of our dedication to excellent patient care,” said CUMC President Kevin Nokels.

“Our quality shines!” added Joan Neuhaus, senior vice president and chief operations officer.

CUMC earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for orthopedic trauma by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. Some of the measures considered by the Joint Commission included whether the patient’s pain was adequately controlled and whether he or she received therapy in a timely manner.

Karl Bergmann, M.D., an orthopedic trauma surgeon and physician chair, said the recognition demonstrates CUMC’s emphasis on quality.

“This accomplishment shows our commitment to provide the top level of care to our orthopedic trauma patients and our dedication to continued growth and improvement,” said Dr. Bergmann.

Beth Gard, clinic adminstrator for surgical services operations, said: “We wanted everyone trained specifically in the care of the orthopedic trauma patient.” She said the multidisciplinary team takes real pride in patients’ care and hopes CUMC’s achievement provides the “baseline for other facilities to apply for this in the future.”

Dr. Bergmann added: “This is another way we are holding ourselves accountable to the best patient experience and outcomes.”

CUMC originally underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2012. A Joint Commission expert interviewed staff and patients and evaluated CUMC for compliance with standards of care, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Along with its Gold Seal of Approval for orthopedic trauma. CUMC also received certificates of distinction for its management of knee and hip replacement.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

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