Belton Regional Medical Center
February 08, 2012

Research Belton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalResearch Belton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its total knee and total hip replacement program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Research Belton Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Research Belton Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey in October 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Research Belton Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Research Belton Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with total knee and total hip replacements,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Research Belton Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Todd Krass, CEO. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in total knee and total hip replacement, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

Photo: OCE Team picture (L to R): Lou Gemeinhardt, Social Worker; Mari Ann Winslow, RN; Karen Lee, CNO; LeeAnn Townsend, RN; Danny Carroll, MD; Lynn O��Sullivan, PT; James Queenan, DO; Glorianne Greco, OT; Chad Nelson, Manager Rehab Services and Kelly Becker, Director 2W & ICU