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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center's Joint Program Receives Excellence Award

Deerfield Beach, Fla. - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center’s (NBMC) Total Joint program recently accepted the International Team Excellence Award from the American Society for Quality (ASQ).  The award was given to NBMC because their Joint Replacement Center showed impressive growth after they implemented a new strategized Total Joint program. 


(L to R): Brian McAuley, Tryce Cabaj, Cheryl Tombo, Beverly Beyerlein Davis and Donna Whalen receive the
Excellence Award on behalf of North Broward Medical Center.

North Broward Medical Center's team of highly trained orthopedic surgeons and health care professionals set out to design a destination joint replacement center utilizing the latest technologies and techniques to increase elective joint replacement procedures and provide optimal clinical outcomes. The program design involved identifying critical to quality characteristics; a designated unit; the development of new processes, including standardized order sets and care plans; a medical director; a joint care coordinator; pre- and post-operative education; and involvement of family and friends. 

After a pilot of the new process design showed favorable results, the program was launched in February 2009. Project results show an increase in surgical volumes, a decrease in length of stay and increased patient satisfaction.

A team from NBMC accepted the award in Pittsburgh, Penn., at the 2010-2011 World Conference on Quality and Improvement. 

“We are very proud of our Joint Replacement Center here at NBMC and graciously accept this award,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of NBMC. “Our staff works extremely hard to provide first-class health care and this award fully supports their efforts.”

North Broward Medical Center was first in Broward County to attain Joint Commission Certification for hip and knee replacement and is the recipient of the Florida Hospital Association 2011 Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Award for Innovation of the Year in Patient Care.

NBMC’s Joint Replacement Center surgeons have performed more than 1,200 anterior hip replacements using the specially designed hana table, more than any other south Florida surgeons.  The Joint Replacement Center features private suites, the latest advances in joint replacement and a team of experts. For more information on the Joint Replacement Center, visit browardhealth.org/nbmcortho, or for a physician referral, call 954-759-7400.

ASQ is a global community of experts and the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries.  As a professional association, ASQ advances the professional development, credentials, knowledge and information services, membership community and advocacy on behalf of its more than 85,000 members worldwide. As champion of the quality movement, ASQ members are driven by a sense of responsibility to enrich their lives, to improve their workplaces and communities and to make the world a better place by applying quality tools, techniques and systems.  For more information about ASQ, visit www.asq.org

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.