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Five Disease Specific Care Certifications Received

Sarasota, Florida - - (March 7, 2011) - - Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for 5 disease specific care programs by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety. These certification awards recognize Doctors Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art quality standards.

The Joint Commission awarded Doctors Hospital Disease-Specific Care Certification for:

Advanced Certification:

  • Stroke (Primary Stroke Center)
  • Heart Failure


  • Joint Replacement – Hip
  • Joint Replacement – Knee
  • Spinal Fusion

To earn this distinction, all five programs underwent an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The programs are evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of program processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within the organization and interviews with patients and staff.

“Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Doctors Hospital of Sarasota for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.

“We are proud to have achieved these certifications. It is an honor to be recognized for the  quality care we provide to all of our patients on a daily basis,” says Kathy Mitchell, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

 The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is 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 on Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, please contact Melissa Morgan at 941-342-1012.  

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