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Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center Becomes Only Hospital in Ohio to Earn The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification in Four Orthopaedic Areas

Date: 06.26.2013
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (234) 312-5033

AKRON, Ohio, June 26, 2013 – Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center (CCOC), a partnership with Summa Health System, is the only hospital in Ohio to earn The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care certification in four orthopaedic areas. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® was awarded to CCOC for its compliance and dedication to the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

 CCOC is now certified in the following orthopaedic areas, both state and nationwide:

  • Spinal fusion (1 of 2 in Ohio, 1 of 16 nationally)
  • Shoulder replacement surgery (1 of 3 in Ohio, 1 of 13 nationally)
  • Knee surgery (1 of 14 in Ohio)
  • Hip surgery (1 of 15 in Ohio)

To earn this distinction, a Joint Commission expert performed a rigorous on-site survey and evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to orthopaedics and the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality and care on a daily basis,” said Holli Cholley, Chief Nursing and Operations Officer, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission certification in four orthopaedic areas, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide to the community we serve.”

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.

The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval™” is an internationally recognized symbol of quality. Organizations that have achieved accreditation or certification from The Joint Commission display the Gold Seal as an indicator that the organization has proven its commitment to high quality care and its willingness to be measured against the highest and most rigorous performance standards.

CCOC performs more than 12,000 orthopaedic surgeries each year. For more information or to request an appointment, visit

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 evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. 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

About Summa Health System

Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at and Twitter at

About Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center (CCOC), a partnership between Summa Health System and Crystal Clinic physicians, is a major orthopaedic specialty hospital located in Northeast Ohio. CCOC serves patients throughout Ohio and contiguous states who are in need of care and treatment of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, muscles, tendons, skin and related tissues. The board-certified surgeons have decades of experience and perform more than 12,000 orthopaedic procedures each year. The Joint Commission has also awarded CCOC with Disease-Specific Care Certification in total hip, total knee, total shoulder and spinal fusion procedures.  For more information, visit