Charles J. August Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital Awarded Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission

October 08, 2014

The Charles J. August Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital has again earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded the Joint Replacement Center Disease-Specific Care Certification for knee and hip replacement.

To earn this distinction, the Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital voluntarily underwent an on-site evaluation, which included extensive interviews of staff and patients. The Joint Commission determined that the Center meets rigorous quality and safety standards, and awarded full certification to the Joint Replacement Center with no recommendations for improvement.

“We are extremely pleased and proud to have received certification as a Center of Excellence for both hip and knee replacement from The Joint Commission,” said Michael Klotz, M.D., medical director of the Charles J. August Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital. “This recognition represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work by all of our dedicated and enthusiastic staff, which includes nurses, technicians, therapists, doctors and support staff. It is our commitment to excellence in the service of our patients, continuous assessment and improvement, and evidence based practice which has made the Charles J. August Joint Replacement Center at Unity Hospital the choice for more people in the greater Rochester area than any other hospital."

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs.

About The Joint Commission:

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. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of 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


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