Parkview Ortho Hospital awarded area’s first spine surgery certification from The Joint Commission

FORT WAYNE, IND. (April 17, 2018) – The Parkview Ortho Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Spine Surgery, a first in the area and one of few in the state. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“We are honored to have received Spine Surgery Certification, which reflects our dedication to excellent care for those in our community,” said Julie Fleck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Parkview Ortho Hospital. “This recognition is a demonstration of our commitment to providing high-quality care to our patients across the continuum, from pre- and post-operative care to rehabilitation, and we thank The Joint Commission for recognizing us for excellence in spine surgery.”

The Parkview Ortho Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review, where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with spine surgery-specific requirements. Clinical performance guidelines and performance measures were also assessed.

"The Parkview Ortho Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients in need of spine surgery,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Parkview for becoming a leader in spine surgery care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients.”

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.


About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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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