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Fatima spine surgery program certified

Fatima Hospital recorded a successful survey for its spine surgery programs following a visit from Joint Commission surveyors on July 17. Fatima is now one of only 76 hospitals nationally with this certification and the only one in Rhode Island.

The surveyor, who was highly complimentary of the program, spoke to a Fatima spine surgery patient who said, “I do not know how they could improve the program.” Certification requirements for spinal surgery programs addresses three areas: 1) Compliance with consensus-based national standards. 2) Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion patient populations. 3) Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the spinal surgery patient population (a minimum of two performance measures must be clinical in nature.) Spinal surgery programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for two years.