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Orthopedic trauma care earns Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Texas Health Fort Worth is one of four facilities nationwide to earn the certification

Friday March 7, 2014
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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in orthopedic trauma, becoming one of four facilities nationwide to receive the designation for meeting strict national care guidelines in the specialty.

“We work closely with emergency medicine physicians, general surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists to provide coordinated treatment of critical injuries, aiming to improve function and increase quality of life,” Cory Collinge, MD, orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff, said in a news relase. Collinge specializes in adult post-traumatic reconstruction and orthopedic trauma surgery.

Orthopedic trauma care includes treatment for fractures of the limbs and joints, reconstruction of the hip and pelvis and complex cases of deformity. Patients receive a tailored plan of care that includes comprehensive physical therapy after surgery to help restore movement and range of motion.

“We offer quality care for everything from simple fractures to life-threatening injuries involving multiple broken bones,” Debbie Phillips, RN, MS, FNP-BC, director of restorative care, said in the release. “When accidents happen, our goal is to help you get back to your normal life as much as possible.”

As a designated Level II Trauma Center, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth cares for more than 3,000 trauma patients per year, acting as a safety net for the community’s most critically injured. The hospital also holds Joint Commission certification in hip fracture treatment, hip and knee replacements, spine surgery, palliative care and stroke care.

“Our multidisciplinary team is so honored that our program is one of a handful in the U.S. recognized for delivering top-notch, quality care,” Kindra McWilliam-Ross, RN, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, orthopedic clinical nurse specialist, said in the release. “The accreditation recognizes our program is patient-centered and well-coordinated, leading to improved outcomes.”

For more information, visit www.texashealth.org/FWtrauma.


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