Villages hospital earns prestigious ranking for hip and knee replacement services

The Villages Regional Hospital has earned a prestigious honor regarding patient care.

The hospital announced that it earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval Core Certification for both hip and knee replacement. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

The Villages Regional Hospital includes a 307-bed acute care facility that has more than tripled in size since opening in 2002 and is golf-cart accessible.

TVRH underwent a rigorous on-site review in January. The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards and specific requirements for total hip replacement and total knee replacement. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

“The Villages Regional Hospital is proud to receive this two-year certification from The Joint Commission,” said Don Henderson, President and CEO of Central Florida Health, parent company of TVRH, TVRH Rehabilitation Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center. “We have always been known for the quality of our orthopedic care. This accreditation validates and recognizes the considerable skill of the orthopedic surgeons, nurses, therapists and numerous support personnel who all work together to provide excellent care for those patients requiring hip and/or knee replacement surgery.” 

The certification was achieved through staff involvement at all levels. Hospital officials said the cohesive team approach was pivotal to the accreditation process. Three core areas were evaluated during the on-site review:

  • 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. 

 “The Villages Regional Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients who are in need of hip and/or knee replacement,” said Patrick Phelan, an executive with The Joint Commission. “We commend their team for becoming leaders in orthopedic care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for hip and knee replacement patients in the local community.” 

TVRH includes a 307-bed acute care hospital, which has more than tripled in size since opening in 2002. The American College of Cardiology recently recognized TVRH for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain by awarding a Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primacy PCI and Resuscitation – its highest and best level of accreditation.

The hospital also offers advanced orthopedic care at its dedicated inpatient Joint Institute, robotic surgery, neurosurgery, stroke care and inpatient acute rehabilitation. To learn more, visit