Capital Medical Center has again earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both Hip and Knee Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery Certification.

The hospital was originally certified in 2012 for Joint and Spine disease-specific care. A certification is valued for up to two years.

The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Capital Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in February, 2019. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards; clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

“The certification shows the world what we at Capital already know: Each day our dedicated team of team members and care providers continually strive to improve the healthcare setting for our patients and their families by delivering safe, quality, compassionate and exceptional care,” says Sarah Middleton, RN, Capital’s Joint and Spine Coordinator. “Each nurse and physician is committed to making our medical center better for each patient who walks through our doors.”

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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

“Capital Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients who are in need for such surgeries,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Capital for becoming a leader in knee and hip joint replacement and spine surgery care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for such surgical needs of patients in its community.”

“Capital is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Chief Quality Officer Kathleen Boswell-Gregg, RN. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”

Read more about our Joint & Spine Center of Excellence here.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at