June 19, 2019

Minnesota Valley Surgery Center of Burnsville Achieves AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification

Minnesota Valley Surgery Center has achieved Advanced Orthopaedic Certification by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Certification is a 3-year specialty program focused on patient outcomes and built on accreditation requirements. Status as an organization that has earned certification means Minnesota Valley Surgery Center has met the highest level of nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. Advanced Orthopaedic Certification builds on Minnesota Valley Surgery Center's AAAHC Accreditation and assesses the organization's use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, ongoing performance improvement strategies, and infrastructure that promotes excellence.

1095 Strong is a transformational movement and call-to action spearheaded by the AAAHC to equip ambulatory leaders with the best of what they need to operationalize quality practices. The three-year, or 1,095-day period between certifications, is a critical time when ambulatory health organizations, with help from proven experts, can develop the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in quality care to their patients. Organizations, such as Minnesota Valley Surgery Center, that earn AAAHC Certification embody the spirit of 1095 Strong, quality every day, an ongoing commitment to high-quality care and patient safety.

While the onsite survey is an important component of the process, ongoing compliance and continuous improvement is part of the certification maintenance mindset that a facility should integrate into its daily activities long after the survey has been completed. The intent of certification is for organizations to adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing QI and self-evaluation every day.

"Striving for Excellence in patient care has been our focus since opening Minnesota Valley Surgery Center in 2006. It was our goal to achieve an accredited Center of Excellence status in order to provide our patient's the very best in patient experience, quality care and outcomes, as well as the Certification: AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification in Total Joints. The Certification ensures that you truly are providing patients the very best and that is the greatest reward" stated Robert Hartman, M.D., Medical Director of the MVSC AAAHC Advanced Certification: Total Joint Program.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification undergo an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in orthopaedic care. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care), founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,100 organizations accredited. We accredit a wide range of outpatient settings including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, endoscopy centers, student health centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, employer-based health clinics, retail clinics, and Indian/Tribal health centers, among others.

AAAHC advocates for the provision of high-quality health care through the development and adoption of nationally-recognized Standards. We provide a valuable survey experience founded on a peer-based, educational approach to onsite review. The AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation demonstrates an organization's commitment to provide safe, high quality services to its patients. It is recognized by third party payers, medical professional associations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies, and the public. For more information on AAAHC please visit

May 14, 2015

Minnesota Valley Surgery Center Offers MAKO® Advanced Robotic Technology

Precision equipment only one of its kind in Minnesota

Minnesota Valley Surgery Center is proud to be the only institution in Minnesota to offer its patients a robotically-­‐assisted technology focusing on minimally invasive partial knee and total hip replacement called MAKOplasty®.

Consisting of a MAKO robotic arm that is controlled by the operating surgeon, MAKOplasty is a robotic arm-­‐assisted surgery that is an advanced application designed to help appropriate patients in need of partial knee or total hip replacement. With a synchronized robotic arm and operating computer, a certified surgeon controls the arm's movement and performs surgery with pinpoint accuracy. The system is accurate to within less than 1 mm, providing significant benefits to both the patient and operating surgeon.

For the patient, incisions are significantly smaller than regular surgery with minimal tissue damage and blood loss occurring. Postoperative pain is kept to a minimum and, in general, the procedures are performed as same day surgeries. The surgeon has greater confidence in procedural accuracy and that the outcome will be favorable without any difficult, follow-­‐up surgeries required. The robot also provides tactile, auditory and visual feedback during the procedure, ensuring that the surgeon is operating within the correct parameters.

Robert Hartman, M.D., is the only orthopedic surgeon in the state that has performed MAKOplasty. The operating robot is only one of 225 in the United States and the only MAKO robotic arm in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

"We are bringing Minnesota and surrounding states some of the most advanced knee and hip replacement technology available," said Dr. Hartman, orthopedic surgeon at Minnesota Valley Surgery Center. "The precision of this equipment is unparalleled and yields numerous benefits for both patient and surgeon. At Minnesota Valley Surgery Center, we strive to provide the latest in technological innovation to our patients, ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible."

To learn more about Minnesota Valley Surgery Center and the procedures offered to its patients, visit or call (952) 232‐1110.

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