Summit Orthopedics’ Total Hip And Total Knee Replacement Program Nationally Recognized With Advanced Certification

Summit Orthopedics is proud to announce that its Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of two facilities nationwide to receive advanced certification for its work on hip and knee replacements from The Joint Commission, a nonprofit group that evaluates and recognizes excellence in health care quality and value.

Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement


Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

This year, Summit’s Vadnais Heights Surgery Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The special certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement and reflects an increased national focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality-of-life issues, functional limitation in mobility, and the return to normal daily activities.

Summit’s Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of only two ambulatory surgery centers nationwide to receive the certification.

About the Joint Commission

Joint Commission certification is nationally recognized as a hallmark of excellence in health care. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission has made it a mission to continuously improve public health care through the evaluation of health care organizations. As the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

An innovative solution for joint replacement

As demand for total hip and knee replacements has grown, Summit Orthopedics responded with the development of the Vadnais Heights Surgery Center, where patients undergoing these surgeries receive state-of-the-art surgical care and recover in luxurious care suites.

The care suites concept is new to Minnesota and was launched at Summit’s Vadnais Heights facility to offer personalized services, such as catered meals, one-on-one education, and physical therapy, as well as hotel-level amenities, including Wi-Fi, lounge seating, and concierge services. In addition, the suites boast Secure Tracks, a post-surgery accelerated walking system exclusive to Summit Orthopedics that gets patients up and walking within hours of surgery.

“We are incredibly honored that our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center has been recognized for its work in the area of advanced total hip and total knee replacements,” says Adam Berry, Summit CEO. “And I, personally, am very proud of our physicians and staff who work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients who undergo these advanced treatments.”

Patient satisfaction and outcomes

The Joint Commission certification recognizes key outcome measurements in patient care as part of the Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement process. Since the Vadnais Heights facility opened in 2014, the average satisfaction level for patients undergoing total hip or knee replacements was 96.2 out of 100; the average infection rate was between just .1 and .5 percent; and the average time between surgery and ambulation was between three hours and 10 minutes and three hours and 23 minutes.

“Through our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center—and very shortly our new Eagan Surgery Center—we are committed to exceptional care, accelerated recovery times, and reduced costs,” Berry explains. “We have designed these facilities to be one-stop centers offering comprehensive orthopedic treatment that includes physician consultations, advanced imaging, therapy, bracing, orthotics, and a seven-day-a-week walk-in clinic. They also offer surgical care and overnight recovery suites for those undergoing advanced spine procedures and total joint replacements. Our new Eagan facility, which opened in March 2017, mirrors the Vadnais Heights facility in treatment offerings and amenities, and will also pursue certification from The Joint Commission.”

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