Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital announces advanced total hip and knee replacement certification demonstrating quality and safety

Orlando, FL (July 25, 2019) – On July 25, Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital announced the hospital has received the Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification from The Joint Commission, one of the highest distinctions from the nationally recognized accrediting body. The advanced certification builds on Dr. P. Phillips Hospital’s longstanding approach to delivering quality care and patient safety, and the orthopedic program at the hospital is the first in Orlando to receive the certification.

“We are honored to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement,” said Jami L. Smith, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, orthopedic clinical coordinator, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. “Achieving this certification demonstrates the commitment of our entire team to maintaining exceptional standards and providing the highest level of quality care for our patients.”

About 11 million Americans will either have a hip or knee replacement by 2030, which will make it one of the nation’s most common elective surgical procedures, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As more and more patients seek joint replacement surgeries and as the number of procedures performed increases, commitment to quality care and patient safety as demonstrated through certification plays a critical role.

To obtain the accreditation, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital completed onsite reviews with Joint Commission experts over a two-day period in March 2019. The organization evaluated the hospital’s compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care. The certification took effect on the 28th March and has been awarded to the hospital for the next two years.

The hospital’s orthopedics program is affiliated with extensively trained and board-certified surgeons who performed more than 2,000 joint replacement procedures last year—giving it recognition as the hospital with the largest volume of any of the advanced certified programs in Florida.

“Our staff is committed to the very highest standards for quality and safety in our hip and knee replacement program,” said Thibaut van Marcke, president of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. “Patients who select our hospital can feel confident that we have met rigorous requirements to earn The Joint Commission’s certification.”

Prior to receiving the advanced designation, the hospital held the Core Hip and Knee Replacement Certification since February 2017.


About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $3.8 billion not-for-profit healthcare organization and a community-based network of hospitals, physician practices and outpatient care centers across Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 3,100 physicians have privileges across the system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,200 employees who serve more than 97,000 inpatients, more than 2.5 million outpatients, and more than 4,800 international patients each year.  Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $360 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at


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