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SMHC Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program Re-certified by Joint Commission


Program receives high accolades for quality of care
Southern Maine Health Care’s (SMHC) Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program has been re-certified by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission survey was conducted at SMHC’s Medical Center in Sanford, and the program received high praise for: the quality of SMHC’s patient education materials; staff education; continuum of care between the surgical team and orthopedic practice offices; and the significant amount of physician support and involvement in the program. The surveyor noted she was “impressed with SMHC’s Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program and would be very comfortable sending her mother to SMHC for a joint replacement.”

“SMHC’s goal is to deliver quality, integrated orthopedic care from a team of highly trained providers and ensure our patients have an excellent experience at every point along the continuum,” said Vicki Lyons, vice president of physician practice operations. “The entire orthopedic service line team has worked very hard to develop an outstanding program which has continued to exceed national standards for quality outcomes. Receiving re-certification from the Joint Commission assures our patients that they are getting high quality joint replacement care through SMHC.”

SMHC’s team of skilled orthopedic specialists provides a wide spectrum of services to keep patients moving.

  • Integrated Sports Medicine Program: Including arthroscopic surgery for knee and shoulder injuries, ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair, rotator cuff and labral tear repair
  • Joint Replacement Program: Hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and hand, including minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery: Including carpal tunnel release, tendon and nerve repair, fracture care, wrist and elbow arthroscopy
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Industrial/work related injuries

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit or @smhcHealth on Twitter.

About the Joint Commission
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

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