Local hospital recognized for outstanding hip & knee replacements

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Great Plains Health earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee Replacement Core Certification. This achievement distinguishes Great Plains Health as one of only three healthcare organizations in Nebraska to achieve core certification for total hip and knee replacement from The Joint Commission.

“We have always had a good orthopaedic program in North Platte, but for the last few years, our orthopaedic surgeons and their multidisciplinary orthopaedic team have been laser-focused on improving outcomes and patient experience,” said Fiona Libsack, Great Plains Health chief development officer. “The designation is evidence that our hard work is paying off. We are truly proud of everyone on the team who helps ensure that patients consistently receive the highest standard in joint replacement care at every phase of their patient journey.”

On February 5 - 6, The Joint Commission conducted a rigorous on-site review of the Great Plains Health orthopaedic service line, carefully reviewing all aspects of the program and its continuum of care for joint replacement patients, from the orthopedic surgeon consultation to pre-surgery education and preparation, surgery, hospital recovery, pain management, physical therapy, discharge, home health and post-surgery follow-up.