(West Islip, NY) – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) with Exemplar Hospital status. The medical center has been voluntarily participating in the IHI Project Joining Organizations in Tackling Surgical Site Infections (JOINTS) initiative, designed to speed adoption of the latest evidence-based methods to prevent surgical site infections after hip and knee replacement surgery.
“Exemplar Hospital status is recognition that Good Samaritan is a leader in best practice for joint replacement surgery and qualifies the hospital to be a resource for other facilities.” said Senior Vice President, Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer Patricia Hogan.
Project JOINTS is a federally funded program designed to speed adoption of proven methods to prevent surgical site infections after hip and knee replacement surgery. Good Samaritan has stringent measures in place to ensure patient safety during surgical procedures. The recommended enhancements to the existing infection prevention program included screening patients in pre-surgical testing. The Project JOINTS team at Good Samaritan Hospital includes representatives from microbiology, pharmacy, nursing, patient registration, infection prevention and physician/registered physician assistant leaders in orthopaedic surgery.
“The surgical team at Good Samaritan went above and beyond,” said Susan Strejlau, a 54-year-old resident of North Babylon who had a history of bad knees and other complications. “My situation was challenging, but they took extra precautions to ensure there would be no risk of infection. Without knee replacement, I would not have been able to function on a day-to-day basis. I continue physical therapy and have even progressed to walking up and down stairs without any pain or limitations.”
For more information about patient-focused surgical services at Good Samaritan Hospital, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.