SMHC Awarded Disease-Specific Care/Joint Replacement Certification from the Joint Commission

December 18, 2017

Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement – Hip and Joint Replacement – Knee Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

Southern Maine Health Care underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with Joint Replacement – Hip and Joint Replacement – Knee specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. 

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and,
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"Southern Maine Health Care has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with Joint Replacement – Hip and Joint Replacement – Knee procedures," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "We commend Southern Maine Health Care for becoming a leader in Hip and Knee replacement care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for Hip and Knee replacement patients in its community."

"Southern Maine Health Care is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Ed McGeachey, SMHC president and CEO. "The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community."  

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission "to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve."  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford, North Berwick and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or

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