Hospital Earns Shoulder Certification from the Joint Commission

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PALM COAST, Fla., September 27, 2016 Florida Hospital Flagler is one of only four hospitals in the state to earn The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for shoulder replacements, designating the hospital as a Center of Excellence for total shoulder replacement surgery.

This accreditation from The Joint Commission is a symbol of quality that reflects the Palm Coast hospitals commitment to providing the highest possible quality patient care.

Total shoulder joint replacement, also called shoulder arthroplasty, is surgery to replace the bones of the shoulder with an artificial joint. The procedure is usually performed to relieve pain and restore mobility when other treatments are ineffective.

To achieve Center of Excellence status, Florida Hospital Flagler underwent rigorous onsite reviews and Joint Commission experts evaluated the hospital's compliance with national care standards, as well as clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

This recognition is the highest of its kind in the field of orthopedic surgery and assures the community they are receiving the best orthopedic surgery care possible at our facility, said Dr. David Gay, Florida Hospital Flagler orthopedic surgeon. Our staff really impressed the Joint Commission surveyor and she had great things to say about the entire Florida Hospital Flagler team.

This accolade complements two other recognitions for Florida Hospital Flagler. In addition to earning The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for shoulder replacements, Florida Hospital Flagler is also a Center of Excellence for total hip and total knee replacement surgery. Florida Hospital Flagler is the only facility within Flagler and St. Johns counties to receive accreditation in all three joint replacement areas.

About Florida Hospital Flagler

Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 923 beds and more than 6,000 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community's overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements. For more information about Florida Hospital Flagler, visit

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