JESUP — The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia Jesup Surgery Center has earned its second consecutive seal of accreditation.
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval was awarded to BJI for demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health-care quality and patient safety in January.
The first seal of accreditation was awarded in April 2011.
“Organizations that strive for accreditation in ambulatory care from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to quality and safety to their patients, staff and their community,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.
“I commend The Bone & Joint Institute for successfully achieving this pinnacle and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.”
Approximately 1,900 of the nearly 6,000 freestanding ambulatory care organizations in the United States maintain Joint Commission accreditation.
The accreditation process is carried out every three years.
Beginning on Jan. 15, an unannounced, on-site survey was conducted at BJI’s Surgery Center in Jesup.
The care, treatment and overall service of surgical patients were tracked and evaluated.
Other procedures assessed by the Joint Commission include key operational systems, infection prevention, leadership, and medication management.
“Being awarded The Joint Commission Gold Seal is an honor. The accreditation process can be rigorous, but something that we strive to accomplish in order to provide the best for our patients,” said J. Lex Kenerly, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the BJI.
“Our staff does their utmost to epitomize the highest standards in health-care services and safety.”
Among the positive comments made about the surgical center during the exit interview were that BJI “has a quality facility, with quality people, and quality care,” and “of all the centers I have seen, this is one of the best.”
The BJI of South Georgia provides comprehensive orthopedic care, and features the Joint Commission accredited Surgery Center in Jesup, with digital surgical suites designed exclusively for orthopedic surgeries and on-site X-ray services.
Both the Jesup and Waycross locations house the only open MRIs in the area, each awarded with accreditation from the American College of Radiology.
BJI serves 13 Southeast Georgia counties and has satellite offices in Baxley, Hinesville and Waycross.
For more information, go to www.BJI.com.