After more than a year of preparation, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan has earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and TJC 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. TJC is a regulatory agency that surveys health care organizations, including acute care hospitals, to ensure their processes adhere to both CMC and TJC standards which focus on providing safe, high-quality care that positively impact healthcare outcomes.
Ascension Via Christi Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey March 5-8. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Ascension Via Christi’s compliance on more than 260 standards with greater than 1,450 elements of performance in 17 categories, including emergency management, environment of care, national patient safety goals, infection prevention and control, nursing, provisions of care, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite 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, MS, 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 Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”
Ascension Via Christi Hospital is incredibly proud of its team and their success in achieving accreditation by The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, said Bob Copple, president of Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
“Preparation for this rigorous survey required us to assess our safety and quality measures as well as our day-to-day operations,” Copple said, noting that TJC standards are developed with input from health care professionals, governmental agencies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, patients and other subject matter experts. “This is just another step we are taking to re-enforce our community’s confidence in the quality of the care we provide and our commitment to continuous improvement.”
For more information about TJC Standards, visit www.jointcommission.org/facts_about_joint_commission_accreditation_standards.