Shore Memorial Hospital’s Spine Programs Recertified by the Joint Commission

December 15, 2009

Shore Memorial Hospital’s Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery programs have been recertified for the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality by The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Along with general hospital certifications, the Joint Commission also certifies institutions that provide excellence in patient care for disease-specific programs, including lumbar and cervical spine surgery.

“(By being recertified), it continues to show outside verification that Shore Memorial’s spine program continues to do the right things to provide quality-driven, comprehensive spine care to our patients,” said Dr. Scott Strenger, medical director of the Shore Memorial Neuroscience Center.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

Shore Memorial underwent its on-site evaluation in November and received zero recommendations for improvement during the survey.

“The 2009 Joint Commission recertification of the Spine Surgery Program at Shore Memorial continues to validate the importance of the high quality program we offer to our community,” said Bissie Cianfrani, administrative director of surgical services at Shore Memorial. “Our physicians’ care, nursing care, processes and outcomes were judged to be top notch. I am very proud of the work our team produces every day to improve the health status of this patient population.”

Shore Memorial’s Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery programs are now certified through 2011.