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Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements

July 1, 2019
It takes a talented team to care for joint replacement patients like John Camos, including left to right, Christine Eddins; occupational therapist, Josh Hesi physical therapist; Mary Kate Slama, RN; inpatient nurse; and Alyson Dykes, OR nurse.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

BJWCH underwent a rigorous onsite review on June 3. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards, as well as with total hip and total knee-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. 

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the leading health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” says Trish Lollo, BJWCH president. “The certification provides us with the framework to sustain a culture of excellence.”  

“Our multidisciplinary team has collaborated very effectively and has performed a tremendous amount of work to make our joint replacement program one of the best in the country,” says John Clohisy, MD, the Daniel C. and Betty B. Viehmann Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University. “We have outstanding quality of care, coupled with efficient patient care practices that have resulted in superb outcomes and marked improvements in quality of life for our patients.”

“Congratulations to the entire team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, patient care technicians, case management and other team members who care for our hip and knee replacement patients,” Lollo says. “I especially would like to recognize Tammy Ried, RN, operating room resource nurse, for her leadership during the designation journey. She worked with department leaders throughout the hospital to develop and execute an action plan that crossed all disciplines, resulting in a comprehensive program that will assure excellent care for patients.”

Joint Replacement Surgery Patient Seconds Gold Seal Status

It’s an honor to be recognized for excellence in joint replacement surgery by The Joint Commission, but the approval of our patients is just as important.

Hip replacement surgery patient John Camos gives BJWCH his own seal of approval. The 62-year-old from Eureka, Mo., has undergone 22 surgeries: 10 arthroscopic joint surgeries, two knee replacement surgeries and two hip replacement surgeries, including one on June 13. A genetic condition causes his joints to deteriorate quickly, causing him to have his first hip replacement when he was just 43. His joint replacement surgeries have been performed at BJWCH by Paul Lux, MD, and most recently by Charles Lawrie, MD, both Washington University orthopedic surgeons at BJWCH.

“Everything worked out really well, no problems,” Camos says. “You need to follow the protocol and do what your doctor and the staff tell you. I have glowing reviews about the care and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital,” he says. “The staff is efficient and friendly. You get more personalized attention here.”

Contact Us: Patients

If you or a loved one is interested to taking the first step to living a healthier lifestyle with a new hip or knee, please call 314-514-3500 or request an appointment online.

Contact Us: Physicians

Physicians who have patients that could benefit from a hip replacement surgery or knee replacement surgery can fax patient demographics to 314-878-7678 or call 314-514-3500.  A Washington University School of Medicine referral coordinator will contact the physician regarding next steps.


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