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Crossing Rivers Health awarded Hospital Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Hospital news | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Contact: Sasha Dull

Crossing Rivers Health today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation. Julia Nelson, RN, Chief Quality Officer stated, “This year marks the 40th year that the hospital has earned 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.”

Crossing Rivers Health recently underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey. 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 three-year 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 Crossing Rivers Health for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“Crossing Rivers Health is so very proud to continue accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Julia Nelson. “Staff from across our organization 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.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Crossing Rivers Health is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes a top priority,” added Julia Nelson.

“Crossing Rivers Health is proud to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire healthcare team,” said Bill Sexton, Chief Executive Officer at Crossing Rivers Health.

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