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Hospital named an Exemplar Hospital

Carroll Hospital Center was recently named an exemplar hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for its successful initiatives in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) as a participant in the IHI's Project JOINTS Initiative.

Carroll Hospital Center is one of only two Maryland hospitals in the country to receive this designation.


Project JOINTS (Joining Organizations IN Tackling SSIs) is federally-funded initiative designed to spread information regarding effective methods to prevent SSIs following hip and knee replacement surgery.

As part of the initiative Carroll Hospital Center successfully implemented various protocols to comply with the evidenced-based interventions outlined by Project JOINTS. This included, among other things, conducting MRSA testing on hip and knee replacement surgery patients before their procedure, providing patient education and giving patients special sponges with which to shower each of the four days prior to and on the day of their surgery.


As an exemplar hospital, the hospital will share its best practices with other hospitals from across the country and be a resource to offer tips related to implementing evidence-based methods to prevent SSIs after hip and knee replacement surgery.

Carroll Hospital Center offers some of the most advanced joint replacement procedures for hips, knees and shoulders. This includes direct anterior hip replacement which allows surgeons to access the hip joint from the front of the hip rather than the side or back, thereby sparing tissue and reducing recovery time.

The hospital's orthopaedic services also include a range of procedures for bone, muscle, joint or spine disorders and injury. Assisted by a skilled surgical team and equipped with the latest technology, the hospital's board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists, perform a variety of advanced treatments (including minimally invasive options) while providing patients with the most comprehensive and compassionate care possible.

For more information on Carroll Hospital Center's orthopaedic services, please visit