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Published on September 14, 2015

Rush-Copley Awarded Spine Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission

(Aurora, IL) Rush-Copley Medical Center recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Spine Surgery Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Rush-Copley underwent a rigorous on-site review in July, 2015. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with spinal surgery 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.

"Rush-Copley has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with spine conditions,” said Wendi J. Roberts, R.N., executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend Rush-Copley for becoming a leader in spine surgery, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients.”

"Rush-Copley is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Barry C. Finn, president and CEO of Rush-Copley. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”

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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 nearly 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

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