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Hospital Accreditation: Why it Matters

Continuous Improvement Through Quality and Safety

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety, Peace Harbor Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™. “We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patients’ safety and quality care,” says Sherry Catlin MD, VP of Medical Affairs for PeaceHealth Siuslaw Region. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence.”

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” says Darlene Christiansen, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that Peace Harbor Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal—to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of Peace Harbor Hospital on January 29, 2008. The accreditation award recognizes Peace Harbor’s dedication to complying with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Peace Harbor Hospital is extremely proud to have once again earned this recognition of excellence. “The standards and requirements of The Joint Commission are the same for all healthcare systems across the United States,” said Jan Kinney, Director of Quality at PeaceHealth Siuslaw Region. “Having that Gold Seal of Approval TM on our wall means that the level of care we provide here at Peace Harbor Hospital meets the same standards as OHSU, Stanford, Duke, and all of the other hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission. I don’t think most folks realize that,” Jan added.

Peace Harbor is one of the few Critical Access hospitals in Oregon that are accredited by The Joint Commission. To be exact, 25 out of the 56 hospitals in Oregon are Critical Access Hospitals and of these, Peace Harbor is one of only 10 hospitals to have earned the Gold Seal of Approval TM recognition from The Joint Commission.

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