CHI St. Alexius Health Receives State’s First and Only Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck announces it has received North Dakota’s first and only Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission (TJC). This advanced certification for accredited hospitals elevates the quality, consistency and safety of services and patient care. To earn this prestigious designation, CHI St. Alexius Health underwent a rigorous, onsite Joint Commission review of advanced disease-specific care standards for total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopaedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopaedic surgeon follow-up care.

“Being the first and only hospital in North Dakota to receive this designation demonstrates our strong commitment that every one of our patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery receives the highest-quality and safest care possible,” said Kurt Schley, president of CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck. “I applaud the skill and commitment of the orthopaedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, therapists and staff in providing comprehensive care to our total knee and total hip replacement patients.”

“With advanced surgical techniques and innovative pain management strategies, most of our patients recover quickly and are able to return to their own home the day after surgery,” said Dr. Timothy Bopp, orthopaedic surgeon with The Bone & Joint Center and past president of CHI St. Alexius Health’s medical staff. “This advanced certification validates our commitment to provide coordinated and comprehensive care to our patients.”

Designated in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical, evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.