Hutch­e­son awarded hos­pi­tal ac­cred­i­ta­tion from Joint Com­mis­sion

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Hutch­e­son Med­i­cal Cen­ter an­nounced that it has earned The Joint Com­mis­sion’s Gold Seal of Ap­proval for Hos­pi­tal Ac­cred­i­ta­tion by demon­strat­ing con­tin­u­ous com­pli­ance with its per­for­mance stan­dards.

The Gold Seal of Ap­proval is a sym­bol of qual­ity that re­flects an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing safe and ef­fec­tive pa­tient care.

Hutch­e­son un­der­went a rig­or­ous, unan­nounced on-site survey in July as part of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion process. Dur­ing the re­view, a team of Joint Com­mis­sion ex­pert sur­vey­ors eval­u­ated com­pli­ance with hos­pi­tal stan­dards re­lated to sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing emer­gency man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­ment of care, in­fec­tion preven­tion and con­trol, lead­er­ship, and med­i­ca­tion man­age­ment. Sur­vey­ors also con­ducted on-site ob­ser­va­tions and in­ter­views.

The Joint Com­mis­sion has ac­cred­ited hos­pi­tals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 gen­eral, chil­dren’s, long-term acute, psy­chi­atric, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and spe­cialty hos­pi­tals cur­rently main­tain ac­cred­i­ta­tion from The Joint Com­mis­sion, awarded for a three­year pe­riod. In ad­di­tion, ap­prox­i­mately 360 crit­i­cal ac­cess hos­pi­tals main­tain ac­cred­i­ta­tion through a sep­a­rate pro­gram.

“Joint Com­mis­sion ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­vides hos­pi­tals with the pro­cesses needed to im­prove in a va­ri­ety of ar­eas from the en­hance­ment of staff ed­u­ca­tion to the im­prove­ment of daily business op­er­a­tions,” said Mark G. Pel­letier, RN, M.S., chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, di­vi­sion of ac­cred­i­ta­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion op­er­a­tions, The Joint Com­mis­sion. “In ad­di­tion, our ac­cred­i­ta­tion helps hos­pi­tals en­hance their risk man­age­ment and risk re­duc­tion strate­gies. We com­mend Hutch­e­son for its ef­forts to be­come a qual­ity im­prove­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

“Hutch­e­son is pleased to re­ceive ac­cred­i­ta­tion from The Joint Com­mis­sion, the premier health care qual­ity im­prove­ment and ac­cred­it­ing body in the na­tion,” added Far­rell Hayes, pres­i­dent and CEO of Hutch­e­son. “Staff from across the or­ga­ni­za­tion con­tinue to work to­gether to de­velop and im­ple­ment ap­proaches that have the po­ten­tial to im­prove care for the pa­tients in our com­mu­nity.”

The Joint Com­mis­sion’s hos­pi­tal stan­dards are de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with health care ex­perts and providers, mea­sure­ment ex­perts, and pa­tients. The stan­dards are in­formed by sci­en­tific lit­er­a­ture and ex­pert con­sen­sus to help hos­pi­tals mea­sure, as­sess and im­prove per­for­mance.

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