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Saint Thomas Hospital first in Tennessee with Joint Commission certified hip fracture program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 24, 2013 – Saint Thomas Hospital has earned disease specific certification from The Joint Commission for its hip fracture program, becoming the only hospital in Tennessee with a certified program. The program is among only three in the Southeast and 16 nationwide to receive certification.

Saint Thomas Hospital earned this distinction after The Joint Commission conducted an on-site review. 

“We are proud to achieve this certification which demonstrates our commitment to coordinated and patient-centered care for those who suffer a hip fracture,” said Dawn Rudolph, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Hospital. “Our physician champions led this effort. Their commitment to our hospital and in meeting the needs of the community is the only way we are successful.”

Saint Thomas Hospital has consecutively been ranked high performing in the area of orthopedics by U.S. News and World Reports. In 2011, Saint Thomas Hospital began the process of establishing a designated hip fracture program. 

Since 2011, Saint Thomas Hospital has improved emergency room to surgery times, improved discharge planning which has resulted in a shorter length of stay for inpatients, focused on patient and family education as a hip fracture is often a life altering event and standardized medical practices to reduce the risk of error. 

“We have always provided great care for our patients with hip fractures, however our journey really didn’t begin until 2011 when we set a goal of becoming a formal, nationally recognized program,” said Bubba McIntosh, executive director of orthopedics at Saint Thomas Hospital. “I am glad to say we accomplished our goal and can deliver care better than ever.” 

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, announced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff. 

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Programs are designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address 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.  

For more information about Saint Thomas Hospital’s program, please visit the Orthopedics website.


Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes - Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville - and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information,


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 evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit 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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