St. Joseph's Hospital of Buckhannon was awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation for its excellence in health care and in meeting the national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. This accreditation assures its patients and community that they will continue to receive the highest level of healthcare at St. Joseph's Hospital.
St. Joseph's Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey earlier this year, being evaluated by an expert team of surveyors from the Joint Commission. They evaluated St. Joseph's Hospital and its staff for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"The ongoing organizational commitment made by so many, in order to achieve this nationally recognized benchmark, recognizes that St. Joseph's Hospital has achieved a standard of excellence vital to its core strategic initiatives related to quality and safety," said Sue Johnson-Phillippe, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital. "Achieving this national standard is a testament to the dedication of the staff here at St. Joseph's Hospital to provide excellence in healthcare.
"Not only did our hospital receive national accreditation, our home care program also earned the Gold Seal for its dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards," she added.
"St. Joseph's Hospital of Buckhannon has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process, and I commend St. Joseph's Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."
The Joint Commission's hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
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 evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.