PRMC awarded certification in hip and knees replacement

Peninsula Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Certification and Gold Seal of Approval  for both Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery and Spine Surgery.  The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

PRMC recently underwent a rigorous on-site review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with specific requirements for hip and knee replacement surgery and spine surgery. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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.

“Peninsula Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients undergoing hip and knee replacements and also spine surgery,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, Executive Director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend PRMC for becoming a leader in orthopaedic and spine care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients on the Delmarva Peninsula.”

Since the mid 1970’s when the specialized operations were first completed on the Delmarva Peninsula at PRMC, surgeons at the Medical Center have performed over 10,000 total joint replacements.  More than 700 people are expected to receive a total hip, knee or shoulder replacement at Peninsula Regional in 2015.  Peninsula Regional Medical Center surgeons pioneered joint replacement surgery locally and have led its refinement, expansion and enhancement-as well as other trend-setting, mobility returning procedures-for the past five decades.

Spine care and surgery at PRMC is provided through the Peninsula Spine Center, a collaboration of physicians who specialize in neurosurgery, orthopaedic spine surgery and physiatry.  Because the team is specially trained to understand back and/or neck pain and the latest surgical techniques, they are committed to quickly and safely returning people to their activities of daily life. Since its opening in 2010, the Spine Center has helped more than 6,000 patients find relief from debilitating neck and back pain caused by spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, bone spurs, bulging/herniated discs, sciatica and other chronic conditions.

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis, and this accreditation in orthopaedic and spine surgery provides us a framework to take PRMC to an even higher level as we work to create a culture of exceptional health care provided by exceptional people,” added Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE.

To learn more about the full range of orthopaedic and spine services at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, please visit the Medical Center’s website at

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