|BMC Joint Replacement Program Honored|
|December 6, 2011
For Immediate Release
BMC Joint Replacement Program Recognized for Quality
PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshire Medical Center’s Total Joint Replacement Program has been recognized with an Aetna Institutes of Quality for Orthopaedic Surgery designation.
Aetna Institutes of Quality (IOQ) Orthopedic Care facilities are healthcare facilities that are designated based on measures of clinical performance, access and efficiency for orthopedic care. In reviewing these facilities, Aetna identifies comprehensive orthopedic treatment centers that can provide both inpatient and outpatient procedures.
In order to qualify for the national designation, BMC’s program had to meet several criteria, including performing at least 200 knee replacement surgeries and 100 hip replacement surgeries in the most recent twelve months, accreditation by the Joint Commission, a rapid response team and 24-hour emergency care and the joint replacement program must have been established for at least one year.
The hospital also had to meet several quality requirements, including having a quality improvement program with initiatives focused on continuously measuring and improving orthopedic care to include an automated data collection system and/or personnel in place and perform patient satisfaction surveys and responsive improvement activities, among others.
BMC, in collaboration with Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, greatly enhanced its Orthopaedic Surgery program two years ago with the development of the comprehensive Joint Replacement Program. The Joint Replacement Program at BMC is designed to provide the patient with the highest quality experience possible, with pre-operative education, state-of-the-art surgical procedures performed by highly skilled Orthopaedic surgeons, advanced anesthesia care and pain management, newly renovated rooms for optimum comfort and recovery, and post-surgical care, including rehabilitation.
The procedures covered under the Joint Replacement Program at BMC include: Total knee replacement; partial knee replacement; total hip replacement; hip and knee revision; and shoulder replacement.