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SCRANTON, Pa. Geisinger Community Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Knee Replacement, Total Shoulder Replacement, and Hip Fracture Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. 

“These awards reflect Geisinger’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care,” said Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., chair of the Geisinger Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “The team at Geisinger Community Medical Center is focused on helping patients live healthier, stay active and reclaim their lives from pain or injury.”

The certifications recognize health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care. The certifications evaluate how Geisinger uses clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge. 

Geisinger underwent a rigorous, onsite review in May. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“These certifications recognize health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Geisinger for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for orthopedic patients.” 

Monthly interdisciplinary team meetings were held to ensure all requirements for Joint Commission certification were met, including improvement on performance measures and close adherence to hospital policies. 

Geisinger offers unmatched and exclusive orthopaedic treatment, leading the way both regionally and nationally. In Northeast Pennsylvania, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre has earned certifications for Total Hip and Knee Replacement, and Hip Fracture.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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