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Southwest Healthcare System Awarded Advanced Certification

Inland Valley Medical Center, a campus of Southwest Healthcare System, announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The hospital system is one of only three hospitals in all of Riverside and San Diego Counties combined to achieve the gold seal of approval for this line of service. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited organizations seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

Inland Valley Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review by Joint Commission experts evaluating compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

“Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Southwest Healthcare System’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “The advanced certification will help Southwest Healthcare System better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.”

“Our hospital is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Brad Neet, CEO of Southwest Healthcare System. “This certification displays our commitment to continually improving patient safety and quality of care for those individuals undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery.”

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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

Inland Valley Medical Center – This campus of Southwest Healthcare System is the only hospital in the region to offer Level II Trauma Services, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, the region’s only Total Joint Center now with advanced certification from the Joint Commission and is a nationally recognized center for weight-loss surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (Also awarded the Blue Distinction for outstanding bariatric surgical services).

Rancho Springs Medical Center – This hospital campus of Southwest Healthcare System features the largest Women’s Center (Awarded the Blue  Distinction for Outstanding Maternity Care) in the region which includes Rady Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Rady San Diego: Ranked 5th in the nation for neonatal care by US News and World Report 2017), a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and the da Vinci © Robotic Surgical System performing the region’s first virtually no-scar single site procedures.