Hospital Happenings: July 2015

Montrose Memorial Hospital officially earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval ® for our Hospital Accreditation on June 12! The Gold Seal of Approval ® is a symbol of quality that reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

To maintain and earn accreditation, MMH underwent an unannounced, extensive four-day, on-site review by a team of three Joint Commission surveyors. During the review, the team assessed our 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.

So what does all of this mean to you?  Because the standards are regarded as the most rigorous in the industry, we at MMH choose to be evaluated by The Joint Commission every three years and are committed to providing the highest level of quality care to our patients. Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval ® is a clear symbol of MMH’s dedication to the  most stringent standards of performance.

This accreditation proves that MMH demonstrates continuous compliance with The Joint Commission performance standards. In addition, it helps us enhance our risk management and risk reduction strategies.  Thanks to all of the staff members, board members and physicians for their active participation in the survey preparation and process.

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