Joint Commission Awards St. Vincent’s Clay County With Knee & Hip Replacement Certifications

St. Vincent’s Clay County, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both knee and hip replacement. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. St. Vincent’s Clay County joins both St. Vincent’s Riverside and St. Vincent’s Southside, which earned their initial Joint Commission hip and knee replacement certifications in 2010.

Last year, Ascension formed its national musculoskeletal service line council, inclusive of St. Vincent’s HealthCare, to enable sustainable growth and care excellence with the organization’s hospital markets. The intent is to identify and enhance opportunities to create value and share proven process that support the quadruple aim.

“This is a significant milestone for any hospital, especially for St. Vincent’s Clay County, which has only been open since 2013,” said James Machado, President of St. Vincent’s Clay County. “This certification serves as an example to our community that we provide high-quality joint replacement care based on national standards and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.”

St. Vincent’s Clay County recently underwent a rigorous on-site review. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as requirements specific to knee and hip replacements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed.

“I am so proud of our team and all the great work that has been accomplished in just a few years,” said Dr. Max Lincoln, orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director of the St. Vincent’s Clay County Orthopedic Center of Excellence. “Each day, we work hard to provide the best care possible to this wonderful community and I’m thankful that our hard work has paid off.”

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification valuates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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

“St. Vincent’s Clay County has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients undergoing knee and hip replacements,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Vincent’s Clay County for becoming a leader in knee and hip care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for these patients in its community.

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James Machado Named President of St. Vincent’s Clay County

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James P. Machado, FACHE has been named President of St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County, one of St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s three medical centers. St. Vincent’s HealthCare is a ministry of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system.

“As a former Air Force Officer, James brings decades of proven military and civilian leadership experience to the St. Vincent’s family,” said Blain Claypool, President of Acute Care at St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “James and his family will quickly integrate into the fabric of Clay County and continue to grow our ministry that is so deeply rooted into the lives of our friends and neighbors. We are excited for the Clay County community to get to know him and his wife, Katherine, welcoming them to the Clay family.”

Machado received his bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College and his MBA from Western New England College, both in Massachusetts. He spent 10 years in the United States Air Force, primarily working in the healthcare field. After his military service, Machado held various positions for Community Health Systems, Inc. including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and most recently Chief Executive Officer.

“My career both inside and outside of the military has helped me hone my leadership skills and provided me with a breadth of experience that will no doubt help me as I serve my new neighbors,” said Machado. “St. Vincent’s is such an impressive organization and there is so much positive momentum at St. Vincent’s Clay County. I can’t wait put down some roots and get to work.”

Machado grew up in a very small town in Massachusetts. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing and golfing, along with watching baseball and football. Machado will begin his duties at St. Vincent’s Clay County on April 4th.

St. Vincent’s Clay County opened in 2013 and is currently undergoing an expansion that will include the addition of maternity services. To see the latest regarding the expansion, visit