Joint Replacement Program earns HFAP re-certification

August 2, 2022

Adirondack Health’s Comprehensive Joint Replacement Center has been granted a three-year re-certification as a certified joint replacement program by HFAP.

This HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program) certification confirms that our joint replacement program provides high quality care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

“As more patients seek joint replacement surgeries and the number of procedures performed rises, it is vital to articulate our commitment to patient safety through certification,” said Dr. Bart Szczech, Adirondack Health’s director of joint replacement surgery at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Szczech, an orthopaedic surgeon with Lake Placid Sports Medicine, is a member of the HFAP Joint Arthroplasty Technical Panel and helped establish the national certification standards.

“Adirondack Health clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Meg Gravesmill, vice president, HFAP. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of the joint replacement program against standards for organizational operations and clinical services that drive patient safety and continuous quality improvement. Adirondack Health has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

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