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PinnacleHealth is One of Only Two Hospitals in Pennsylvania to Receive Certification in Spine Surgery from The Joint Commission

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3/22/2012
HARRISBURG, PA -- PinnacleHealth has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for spine surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. PinnacleHealth acute care hospitals were certified in spine surgery after the facility underwent an on-site evaluation and demonstrated compliance with nationally developed standards for spine care in March.  

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, PinnacleHealth has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with spine related disease," 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 PinnacleHealth for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States. When a back condition does not respond to other therapies, surgery may be needed. PinnacleHealth System performs more than 1,200 inpatient spine procedures each year.  

“This certification recognizes the proven quality provided by our staff every day. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to serve the needs of our community and provide our patients with the best care,” says Michael A. Young, President & CEO of PinnacleHealth.

“This designation complements our recognition as a Destination Center of Superior Performance by Marshall|Steele, a physician-led, healthcare services firm, for low readmission rates.”

Vicki Marth, R.N., M.S., administrative director for PinnacleHealth Spine Institute, adds: “PinnacleHealth Spine Institute offers comprehensive spine care, including rehab, pain management and surgery in both inpatient and outpatient settings. We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to providing the best possible continuum of care to our patients and the community.”

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About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to providing and improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873.  A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence.
 
The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, Cumberland, Harrisburg and Polyclinic) and medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology, at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at www.pinnaclehealth.org.
 
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 www.jointcommission.org.