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RWJ Hamilton receives certification for hip and knee replacement, spine surgery

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton announced Wednesday it has received certification from The Joint Commission for hip and knee replacement and spine surgery, making it one of five New Jersey hospitals to be certified in all three areas by the national hospital accreditation group.

RWJ Hamilton said its Center for Orthopedic & Spine Health is helping to meet the growing demand for joint replacement procedures.

According to The Joint Commission, the other four New Jersey hospitals certified in hip and knee replacement and spine surgery are Morristown Medical Center; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch; Riverview Medical Center; Red Bank and Shore Medical Center; and Somers Point.

RWJ Hamilton said its multidisciplinary program brings together a team of orthopedic specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and pain management professionals.

"Certification from The Joint Commission is evidence of RWJ Hamilton's longstanding commitment to quality, and establishes the hospital as a destination center for orthopedic care in the Capital Region," said Roy Sayles, orthopedic program coordinator.

Dr. John DiBiase, a surgeon with Trenton Orthopedic Group and chief of orthopedic surgery at RWJ Hamilton, said the Joint Commission provided no recommendations for improvements during its recent evaluation.

"Certification is a voluntary process and I commend RWJ Hamilton for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care," said Jean Range, executive director for disease-specific care certification at The Joint Commission.

As an independent nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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