Kent Hospital Awarded Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification from The Joint Commission

(Warwick, RI) – Kent Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The certification, offered in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, focuses on the pre-surgical orthopedic consultation to the intraoperative, hospitalization, or ambulatory surgical center admission, rehabilitation activities, and a follow-up visit with the orthopedic surgeon.
Kent Hospital underwent a rigorous, onsite review on January 10th and 11th, 2023. During the visit, the Joint Commission physician reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including delivering and facilitating evidence-based clinical care, supporting self-management and patient-centered care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Kent Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for orthopedic patients.”
“At Kent Hospital, our primary mission is to provide quality care with compassion, with patient safety always at the forefront of everything we do. The Joint Commission’s recognition of our continued effort to build a foundation for quality care and patient safety at Kent Hospital reminds the community that we are here to provide them with best-in-class care,” said Paari Gopalakrishnan, MD, MBA, president, and COO, of Kent Hospital.
Thomas J. Barrett, MD, the Medical Director of The Total Joint Center at Kent Hospital said, “this advanced accreditation is an affirmation of the incredible work the team at Kent has put forth to provide excellent care for our hip and knee replacement patients.”
For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.
About Kent Hospital
Kent Hospital, a Care New England hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.  A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Kent offers programs in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and in hyperbaric medicine and gastroenterology. Kent’s Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10 percent nationally. Kent Hospital is one of four hospitals in Rhode Island to perform emergency angioplasty and the only one south of Providence to do so. Kent’s cardiology program and some surgical services are provided locally through a long-standing clinical affiliation with Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Same-day surgery is performed in the state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center located on the second floor of the Ambulatory Services Pavilion, while patients can access an array of medical professionals on the first floor, medical office building.