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PBMC Health
Awarded Certification From The Joint Commission


(RIVERHEAD, NY – October 23, 2013) Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Peconic Bay Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

PBMC underwent a rigorous on-site recertification review on October 16. A Joint Commission expert evaluated PBMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Having received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee in 2011, PBMC hard work and dedication to providing to the highest level of care was recognized by once again earning this distinction

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Peconic Bay Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its joint replacement patients," says Jean Range,M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q.,Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Peconic Bay for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"In establishing and sustaining Joint Commission certification, we have demonstrated that we are committed to making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take us to the next level and helps tomaintain a culture of excellence,” says Andrew J. Mitchell, President & CEO, PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center.  “Retainingour Joint Commission certification in Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee for our organization, is a major step towards continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, 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; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

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 evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit 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

About PBMC Health

PBMC Health is a comprehensive continuum of care focused on serving the full range of health and wellness needs of the people of Suffolk County. The continuum includes Peconic Bay Medical Center, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Home Health Services, serving all of Suffolk County; Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Outpatient Physical Therapy, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Primary & Family Care Practices, with offices in Mattituck, Hampton Bays, Center Moriches, Riverhead and Westhampton Beach; and The Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care in Manorville. For more information, visit


About Peconic Bay Medical Center

Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit medical facility committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide ranging, full-scope services and programs along with state-of-the-art technology. The award-winning Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery is home to the da Vinci Surgical Robotics Program. PBMC is a Bariatric Center of Excellence, a designated Stroke Center, and recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award. In addition to being the recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Plus Center for Hip and Knee Replacement, and the Aetna
Institute of Quality® for Total Joint Replacement, PBMC has also earned a 5-Star Rating from U.S. News & World Report for Skilled Nursing Facility, which was named one ofthe nation’s highest quality nursing homes. As a major clinical campus for the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, PBMC hosts graduate medical education programs in Family Medicine and Traditional Internship. Peconic Bay Medical Center is a member of the East End Health Alliance and affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital. For more information, visit