Monday, July 9, 2012

Providence Medical Center receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Providence Medical Center, along with its physician practices, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes Providence’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Providence underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in March 2012.

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Providence for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Joint Commission survey team, which included a nurse, a physician and a life safety surveyor, specifically praised the hospital’s efforts in:
  • Performance Improvement processes
  • Blood Bank processes
  •  Restraint documentation form
  • No interruption zone in medication rooms
  • Infection Control processes
  • Emergency Services department intake coordinator as a nurse or paramedic
  • Contract management process
The survey team also suggested the hospital submit some of its best practices to The Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Health Care.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. The Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Terry Jett, service line director for Orthopaedics/Oncology and Regulatory Readiness coordinator for Providence.  “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Providence has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says 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 Providence 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.

The hospital’s results are displayed on the Joint Commission’s Web site at This site uses easy-to-read symbols to compare Providence’s performance with other Joint Commission-accredited hospitals across the nation.