Park Place Surgical Hospital in Lafayette, La. is the first facility to be certified as an Orthopaedic Center of Excellence by DNV GL Healthcare.
The Center of Excellence designation is obtained by becoming certified by DNV GL in three orthopaedic specialties: Hip & Knee Replacement, Spine Surgery and Shoulder Surgery. Among the various requirements, recipients must clearly outline their methodology, practice and related policies for addressing how quality and performance are measured, monitored, analyzed and continuously improved. The requirements set forth by DNV GL Healthcare are based on the guidelines, recommendations and practices recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
DNV GL surveyed Park Place for two days in mid-December 2018 in order for the hospital to obtain certifications for shoulder and spinal surgeries. It was certified for hip and knee replacement surgery in June 2018. The hospital was awarded the Center of Excellence designation on Dec. 28.
“The process was very intense, but we were also very prepared,” said Park Place CEO Brandon Moore. He noted that the designation would be used to encourage patients in the region to seek the hospital’s services.
Park Place switched to DNV GL as its accrediting body in 2013 from the Louisiana Department of Health. Moore noted that depending on the health of the Louisiana state budget, the agency might only survey the hospital every five years. Most private accreditors survey every three years. DNV GL surveys hospitals annually.
“We felt it was very important to be surveyed every year,” Moore said. “It keeps us in a constant state of readiness, improves the care delivered to patients and makes the staff far more proactive.” Moore added that the ISO 9001 quality control process, which DNV GL adapted from the manufacturing sector to use in hospitals, has provided a clear road map on how Park Place can continuously improve its quality of care and patient outcomes.
DNV GL expects many more of its client hospitals to become Orthopaedic Centers of Excellence in the coming months.
“It raises the bar in terms of excellence and patient outcomes for the kinds of delicate surgical procedures that are becoming more commonplace in the United States,” said DNV GL Healthcare President Patrick Horine.
The majority of hospitals choose accreditation in order to be certified by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to receive federal funds and reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Hundreds of hospitals across the United States have switched to DNV GL Healthcare over the past decade, making it the nation’s fastest-growing accrediting body. The organization accredits more than 500 hospitals in 49 states.
“We want to identify innovative practices and approaches to address aspects that improve quality, efficiency and enhance patient care,” said Gary Davis, DNV GL Business Assurance North American Regional Manager. “Our success is attributable to the unique approach we take with our hospital customers to use the quality management system to their advantage.”
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