Northwest Health earns three joint commission certifications

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Two Northwest Health hospitals received three certifications from The Joint Commission after undergoing on-site reviews in September.

Northwest Medical Center ­— Bentonville earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for spine disease specific care, making Northwest Health the first in the state to receive the certification, according to a news release from the health care company.

The Bentonville hospital and Northwest Medical Center — Springdale also received advanced total joint certifications from The Joint Commission.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care companies and programs in the United States. The nonprofit organization’s Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care company’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“All surgical endeavors have inherent obstacles for successful outcomes, but this comprehensive review of our spine program demonstrates the commitment of the entire spine team to provide excellent care to the patients of Northwest Arkansas,” Dr. Charles “Chuck” Nalley, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, said in the news release.

During the on-site review, the Joint Commission evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards and spine disease-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

The disease specific care certification, which was established in 2002, is awarded for two years and evaluates the following:

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

“Northwest Medical Center — Bentonville has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with spine disease,” registered nurse Wendi J. Roberts, executive director of certification programs for The Joint Commission, said in the release. “We commend Northwest Health for becoming a leader in spine disease care proving a higher standard of service for patients in its community.”

Sharif Omar, CEO of Northwest Health, commended the hospital staff in Bentonville and Springdale for receiving the certifications.

“The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community,” Omar said.

Northwest Health operates five Northwest Arkansas hospitals: Northwest Medical Center — Bentonville, Northwest Medical Center — Springdale, Northwest Medical Center — Willow Creek Women’s Hospital, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital and Northwest Health Physician’s Specialty Hospital.