Certification

Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal for our commitment to continual improvement for knee, hip, shoulder replacement surgery and spinal fusion. This makes us the only hospital in Ohio certified in these 4 orthopedic areas.

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"We are very proud of this achievement, which highlights our outstanding programs on both state and national levels," said Ronald R. Suntken, EdD, FACMPE, President & Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center. "These certifications are due to our dedicated team who work hard to exceed the expectations of our patients every day."

The certification recognizes Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control and medication management.

Certification Process
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas:

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

The Joint Commission’s "Gold Seal of Approval™" is an internationally recognized symbol of quality. Organizations that have achieved accreditation or certification from The Joint Commission proudly display the Gold Seal as an indicator that the organization has proven its commitment to high quality patient care and its willingness to be measured against the highest and most rigorous standards of performance.

Forward-thinking health care organizations volunteer for evaluations by The Joint Commission to stimulate improvement efforts in health care quality and patient safety and to help support operational efficiencies.


The Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center was recently named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations across the United States. Crystal Clinic was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions and is the only hospital in Akron, and one of just 36 statewide, to have earned the Top Performer distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The Crystal Clinic was recognized for its achievements in Surgical Care Improvement Project measures with ratings based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

Better Outcomes
Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center performs more than 12,000 surgeries each year.

Not only does Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center have lower infection rates compared to other Northeast Ohio health systems, our physicians have the depth and breadth of experience seen at large tertiary care settings.

The breadth and expertise of our specialists can help take away your pain and improve your quality of life in a facility dedicated to orthopedic care. Our experience can help get you out of life’s waiting room and get back to living.

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