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IU Health Bloomington Hospital awarded Total Joint Replacement certification

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— Bloomington, Ind. (October 17, 2012) – Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Total Joint Replacement program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes IU Health Bloomington Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital is just the fourth hospital in the state to achieve this designation and the second in the IU Health system.

“I am very proud of our team for this accomplishment. When I think back about when I arrived in Bloomington nine years ago and the progress we have made in caring for our total joint replacement patients, it’s incredible,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Jonathan Surdam, MD. “I have no doubt that the quality of care and compassion our nurses, therapists and other caregivers have for these patients is of the highest in the state.”

IU Health Bloomington Hospital, which performs hundreds of joint replacement surgeries each year, underwent a rigorous on-site review in September 2012. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the hospital and its joint replacement program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, IU Health Bloomington Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients needing total joint replacement surgery," says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend IU Health Bloomington Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"While this accomplishment is a team achievement, it all begins with leadership, specifically leadership at the physician level. Dr. Surdam is an active participant in our orthopedics task force and truly has the patient’s best interests in mind, continually researching ways to further improve our care and ensure our patients achieve the joint pain free life they’re searching for,” says Wylene Watts, executive director of Orthopedics at IU Health Bloomington. “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.”

The Joint Commission’s 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.


About IU Health Bloomington

Indiana University Health Bloomington has provided leading care to south central Indiana for more than 105 years. As a not-for-profit organization, IU Health Bloomington serves a patient base of more than 415,000 people in 10 south central Indiana counties. It holds Magnet designation as well as Primary Stroke Center certification, is an accredited Chest Pain Center and received approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer. To learn more about IU Health Bloomington, visit or call 812.353.5252.

As the only nationally recognized healthcare system in Indiana, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – and the depth of experience from the most complete network of highly skilled specialty and primary care physicians, gives IU Health unparalleled strength in delivering assurance to patients. Discover the strength at

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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