Stamford Hospital's Lumbar Spinal Fusion Program Becomes Only Joint Commission Certified Program in Connecticut

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Stamford Hospital's Orthopedic Services, http://www.stamfordhospitalortho.com, have earned Joint Commission certification for its Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Program, making it the only Joint Commission-certified program in Connecticut.

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What makes our program so unique is the continuous care our patients receive starting prior to hospitalization through their return to home

Stamford Hospital's Orthopedic Services, http://www.stamfordhospitalortho.com, have earned Joint Commission certification for its Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Program, making it the only Joint Commission-certified program in Connecticut.

"This certification verifies that our staff offers the highest possible quality and caliber of care to the community," said Rudolph Taddonio, M.D., Stamford Hospital's Chief of Orthopedic Surgery. "Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons work together very well on this collaborative effort to uphold a consistent continuum of care. We are extremely proud that the Joint Commission, a well-respected third-party surveyor, has validated our efforts."

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately 250,000 lumbar spinal fusion surgeries are performed each year. Lumbar fusion is a spinal surgery designed to treat pain associated with conditions such as degenerative disc disease. The surgery involves placing small pieces of bone in front and/or in back of the spine allowing the bone to grow together and fuse, limiting the motion in painful joint or spine segments. While the lumbar spinal fusion procedure spans generations, it is growing in popularity especially among younger clients as it allows for a quick return to active routines and lifestyles.

"What makes our program so unique is the continuous care our patients receive starting prior to hospitalization through their return to home," said Vicki Hoffman, Director of the Orthopedic Institute. "Before surgery, patients learn about the procedure at educational classes, facilitated by our dedicated clinical nurse coordinator. After surgery, this coordinator continues to oversee patients during their hospital stay and follows up with them upon their return home. This way, patients are never left with questions about the procedure or what they should expect from their recovery. We have a focused program with a dedicated team of professionals, including anesthesia, nursing, and therapists to name a few. All of our nurses have completed specialized training in the care of spine patients and several have gone on to achieve the status of Certified Orthopedic Nurse. I think all of this speaks to the team's level of commitment to provide high quality care."

After being evaluated on-site by a Joint Commission reviewer, Stamford Hospital's spine surgery program was awarded the Gold Seal of Approvalâ„¢ for complying with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care. The program will be reviewed every two years to retain this certification.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. More information about the Joint Commission and a list of certified programs are available at http://www.jointcommission.org.

For more information about Stamford Hospital's orthopedic services or to find a physician, please visit http://www.stamfordhospitalortho.com or call (877) 233-9355.
Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a Magnet Hospital and a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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