Legacy Good Samaritan Spine and Total Joint Centers Receive National Accolades

Portland, OR - Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission (TJC) Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for its Spine Program and Total Joint Replacement Center, which includes hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery.  Legacy Good Samaritan is just the second hospital in the country to receive the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from TJC in all four - spine surgery, knee, shoulder and hip replacement.  Specifically, the programs were certified for demonstrating a commitment to physician involvement, patient satisfaction, quality outcomes, patient education, community education, and comprehensive discharge instructions.

"As nurses and physicians, our number one priority is enhancing both the safety and quality of care for our patients," said Cindy Lilley, Director of Surgical Services at Legacy Good Samaritan.  "We pride ourselves on supporting the patient throughout every step of the care process-from pre-admission to discharge and homecare-and the surveyors recognized that."

Legacy Good Samaritan's Spine and Total Joint Centers earned TJC's disease-specific care certification after undergoing a voluntary rigorous 3-day on-site survey in June 2012.  During this time, a TJC expert surveyor evaluated Legacy Good Samaritan for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families and traced patient care across every department within the Spine and Total Joint Replacement Programs.

"Earning the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality, safety and patient satisfaction," said Tony Melaragno, M.D., Chief Administrative Officer of Legacy Good Samaritan.  "We are proud TJC has recognized this commitment as we have worked hard to develop a program that provides top notch care to our patients and community."

About The Joint Commission

TJC evaluates, accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, TJC is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and evaluation body in health care. TJC has 60 years of recognized and respected excellence and expertise in evaluating clinical care quality in all types of provider settings. Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification was established in 2002, and today has been achieved by more than 2,000 clinical care programs nationwide.