St. Vincent Hospital

12/06/2017 | Press release | Archived content

Largest Accrediting Body in Health Care Recognizes HSHS St. Vincent Hospital for Hip Fracture Care

Green Bay - The Joint Commission has awarded the first hospital in the state of Wisconsin, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, its Gold Seal of Approval® for Certification in Hip Fracture.

"This certification shows that HSHS St. Vincent Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of hip fracture care" said Dr. Daniel Severance, Green Bay's only fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon at the HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Fracture Center and Prevea Health.

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital is among a selected group across the nation to achieve Certification in Hip Fracture. As part of the certification process, Joint Commission surveyors visited HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in October 2017 and conducted a rigorous review of various aspects of the hospital's hip fracture care program, including:

  • Clinical outcomes and other performance measures used to identify ways to improve patient care.

  • Evidence-based guidelines incorporated into clinical areas on a daily basis.

  • The Osteoporosis Clinic, the first and only of its kind in Green Bay to provide osteoporosis treatment, prevention and education.

  • Education and instructions provided to patients and caregivers upon hospital discharge.

According to the CDC, 95 percent of all hip fractures are the result of a fall; and according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of death from unintentional falls in the nation. "The hip fracture program at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital works to fight those statistics by placing a strong emphasis on fall prevention," said Dr. Severance. "We commit ourselves to educating our patients and their caregivers about the steps they can take to prevent falls and ultimately, injury and death."

The Joint Commission, the nation's largest and oldest accrediting body in health care, accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationally as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888. Patients from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women's services, emergency and trauma care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, cardiac care, neurosciences, rehabilitation and pediatrics. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospital's primary purpose is to continue Christ's healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has been named one of the "100 Top Hospitals" nationwide and is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ's healing ministry, caring for all people.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System's (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ's healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O'Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit