NextStep Joint Replacement Program

Georgetown Hospital System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The NextStep Joint Replacement Programs were the first in our area to achieve center of excellence status by The Joint Commission. The certification award recognizes Georgetown Hospital System’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated both Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Joint Replacement Programs at Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital include a pre-operative class for the patient and their selected "coach" in preparation for their procedure and care needs. Full recovery from orthopedic injuries, surgery or disease often involves physical therapy or other forms of outpatient rehabilitation available through Georgetown Hospital System's NextStep Rehabilitation Services conveniently located throughout the service area.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, 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.

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 evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit 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

For more information on the NextStep Joint Replacement Program at Waccamaw Community Hospital or Georgetown Memorial Hospital, please call 843.652.1791.


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