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Knee, Hip Replacement at UMCP Earn Gold Seal of Approval®

January 18, 2016
University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) has received The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for hip and knee replacement following a rigorous on-site survey.

The Gold Seal of Approval® applies to surgical procedures and care provided through the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement at UMCP. It renewed the certification awarded by The Joint Commission after the center first opened to patients in November 2013.

The most recent survey was completed December 21, 2015. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"When it comes to healthcare quality, The Joint Commission is as good as it gets, so it was gratifying that the Jim Craigie Center earned the Gold Seal for a second time," said James Demetriades, Vice President, Operations, for Princeton HealthCare System, which includes UMCP. "This helps to affirm UMCP's status as a center of excellence for joint replacement surgery."

Last spring, in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, UMCP ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for both hip replacement and knee replacement.

The Jim Craigie Center offers the latest minimally invasive procedures, research-based clinical protocols and a thorough program of pre- and post-operative care for patients receiving total knee or total hip replacements. Patients receive care from experienced, board certified orthopaedic surgeons and anesthesiologists who are supported by specially trained staff, including nurse anesthetists, hospitalists, orthopaedic-certified nurses, physical and occupational therapists and specialized technicians.

"Since we opened two years ago, our patients have consistently told us how much they valued and appreciated the professional and thorough care they received," said W. Thomas Gutowski, MD, FAAOS, Medical Director of the Craigie Center. "Having The Joint Commission review and validate our program relative to national standards should only add to our patients' confidence when they come to us for joint replacement surgery."

For more information about the Jim Craigie Center for Joint Replacement at UMCP, visit

Certification for the Jim Craigie Center is separate from The Joint Commission's general accreditation of UMCP and other divisions of Princeton HealthCare System, including Princeton House Behavioral Health and Princeton HomeCare.

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