Salem, VA, January, 2016 – When joint pain, swelling, and lack of mobility become too much to bear, more and more people are choosing to have a total knee replacement. The number of people having the surgery in the United States has nearly doubled in 10 years. Where patients choose to have the surgery is an important decision. LewisGale Medical is nationally recognized for the care it provides. The hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® certification for both knee and hip replacement, the hallmark of excellence in the industry.

“Achieving this distinction means our hospital has a proven track record for providing knee replacement patients with the highest level of care,” said Derek Vance, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Pulaski. “That commitment to clinical excellence is evident in everything we do. Nothing is more important to us than ensuring our patients have the best outcomes possible.”

As part of the certification process, the hospital recently underwent a rigorous on-site review of its knee and hip replacement programs. Joint Commission experts evaluated the hospital’s compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and patient safety.

“We commend LewisGale Medical Center for becoming a leader in knee and hip replacement care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for knee and hip replacement patients in its community,” said Wendi J. Robert, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission.