Brooks County Hospital Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

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Brooks County Hospital Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

Friday, June 15, 2012

Brooks County Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes BCH’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. The standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Brooks County Hospital 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 Brooks County Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality,” said Ken Rhudy, Brooks County Hospital administrator. “Joint Commission accreditation creates a culture of excellence. For our organization, once again achieving Joint Commission accreditation is yet another example of our commitment to maintain excellence and continually improve the care we provide.”

The hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced, on-site survey in May. A team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated BCH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“I’m really pleased with how well our team did” said Rhudy. “Earning the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval is evidence that we have an outstanding team of doctors, nurses and support staff committed to providing our patients the highest level of care.”