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News - February 3, 2012

ValleyCare earns 'Gold Seal' award for joint replacement program

Hospital has 'revolutionized' hip, knee replacement surgeries, surgeon says

by Jeb Bing

ValleyCare Health System has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its joint replacement programs for hips and knees

An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the U.S., with its gold seal recognizing ValleyCare's commitment to meeting its top quality performance standards.

ValleyCare's Joint Replacement Institute recently underwent a rigorous survey by a team of the Joint Commission's surveyors. The surveyors evaluated ValleyCare for compliance with national standards of care for health care quality and safety in joint replacement specific to the needs of patients and families.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, ValleyCare's Joint Replacement Institute has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients undergoing hip and knee replacement," said Jean Range, executive director of the commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend ValleyCare for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

Dr. Aaron Salyapongse, medical director of ValleyCare's Joint Replacement Institute, said ValleyCare has "revolutionized" hip and knee replacement surgeries, allowing patients to stay active and continue doing what they love.

"When you have pain, simple activities of daily living become miserable," Salyapongse said. "The latest techniques in hip and knee surgery alleviate the pain for patients."

Salyapongse said that one of the innovative orthopedic procedures performed at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton is anterior hip replacement. Referring to the direction in which the hip is approached during surgery, this method allows hip replacement to be done from the front of the joint without cutting muscles, allowing for a faster and easier recovery process.

He pointed out that ValleyCare was the first center in Northern California to offer DePuy Orthopedics TruMatch Personalized Solutions for knee replacement. This technology helps to ensure that precise sizing and alignment is achieved for each individual patient and offers the potential for a longer lasting and better functioning joint over time.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in our quality on a day-to-day basis," said ValleyCare CEO Marcy Feit. "Receiving this certification for hip and knee replacement is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide."

For information about ValleyCare's Joint Replacement Institute, visit


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