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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - Carroll Hospital Center Named an Exemplar Hospital by the Institute of Health Care Improvement

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-6836

Westminster, Md. – (May 30, 2013) — Carroll Hospital Center was recently named an exemplar hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for its successful initiatives in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) as a participant in the IHI’s Project JOINTS Initiative.  Carroll Hospital Center is one of only two Maryland hospitals in the country to receive this designation.

Project JOINTS (Joining Organizations IN Tackling SSIs) is federally-funded initiative designed to spread information regarding effective methods to prevent SSIs following hip and knee replacement surgery.

As part of the initiative Carroll Hospital Center successfully implemented various protocols to comply with the evidenced-based interventions outlined by Project JOINTS. This included, among other things, conducting MRSA testing on hip and knee replacement surgery patients before their procedure, providing patient education and giving patients special sponges with which to shower each of the four days prior to and on the day of their surgery. 

As an exemplar hospital, the hospital will share its best practices with other hospitals from across the country and be a resource to offer tips related to implementing evidence-based methods to prevent SSIs after hip and knee replacement surgery.

“We are extremely proud of our achievement,” Stephanie Reid, R.N., B.S.N., M. B.A., vice president of quality and chief nursing officer, said. “Our hospital has always been dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and ensuring the safety of our patients. And now, through Project JOINTS, we look forward to sharing our hands-on experience with other hospitals to help make hip and knee surgery safer for patients across the country.”

Carroll Hospital Center offers some of the most advanced joint replacement procedures for hips, knees and shoulders. This includes direct anterior hip replacement which allows surgeons to access the hip joint from the front of the hip rather than the side or back, thereby sparing tissue and reducing recovery time.

The hospital’s orthopaedic services also include a range of procedures for bone, muscle, joint or spine disorders and injury. Assisted by a skilled surgical team and equipped with the latest technology, the hospital’s board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists, perform a variety of advanced treatments (including minimally invasive options) while providing patients with the most comprehensive and compassionate care possible.

Click here for more information on Carroll Hospital Center’s orthopaedic services.

Carroll Hospital Center is a nonprofit, acute care facility offering the latest in medical technology, experienced medical professionals in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the community.