Conemaugh Memorial Earns Advanced Hip and Knee Replacement Certification from The Joint Commission

March 27, 2019

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Conemaugh Memorial’s program is one of only seven joint programs in Pennsylvania to earn this designation.

The Joint Commission provides a framework for programs to improve patient outcomes, establish a consistent approach to care resulting in reduced variation and risk of error, develop a pathway to excellence, collaborate with teams across the continuum of care, and demonstrate commitment to a higher standard of clinical service.

Conemaugh Memorial has earned this advanced certification, in part, thanks to the consistent communication and collaboration among all health care providers involved in the care of the patient from pre-surgical consultation through follow-up visits. Conemaugh also actively provides patient education, discharge planning, and physical and occupational therapy for recovery.

Joint replacement surgery is often recommended when all other treatment options, including but not limited to, rest, medication, exercise, and physical therapy have been exhausted. Joint replacement surgery can have a tremendous impact on a patient’s quality of life by improving independence and mobility, and reducing joint-related pain.

Conemaugh’s Joint AdVentures replacement pre-surgery program provides detailed information to patients and a loved one designated as the patient’s coach. Being prepared and knowing what to expect contributes to shorter hospital stays, few complications, and faster recovery tine. The program provides knowledge about surgery, including:

What to expect before, during and after surgery

  • Review Hip/Knee Notebooks
  • Pre-operative exercises
  • Individualized pain management techniques
  • Nutrition Pre and Post-op
  • Discharge planning and equipment
  • Questions and Answers with members of the Joint AdVenture Team

To learn more about the Joint AdVentures program, call 814.534.5150.

Conemaugh Memorial’s Joint AdVentures program offers information sessions for patients considering joint replacement surgery. For upcoming dates, visit www.conemaugh.org/calendar.