Memorial earns accreditation

Memorial Hospital at Stone County has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

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

“Memorial Hospital at Stone County underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on Jan. 30 – 31, said hospital administrator Lynn Truelove. “During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with hospital accreditation standards spanning several areas such as facility operations, environment of care, emergency management processes, patient safety initiatives, infection prevention and control, leadership responsibilities, medication management, and patient rights and responsibilities.”

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.

They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“We would like to thank everyone for their preparation, effort, energy and commitment to Memorial and the communities we serve,” said Kent Nicaud, Memorial President and CEO. “The Joint Commission surveyors acknowledged the hard work that went into the last 90 days and rarely have they seen such team work to accomplish what we have accomplished.”

Receiving the accreditation was no small task on the part of Memorial personnel.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, 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 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

To earn and maintain The Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive at The Joint Commission. “We commend Memorial Hospital at Stone County for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

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