Joint Commission Renews PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Accreditation

1/12/2012

​PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality as well as hospital and hospice home care safety.

According to the Joint Commission, the accreditation award recognizes PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s dedication to continuous compliance and follows a rigorous, unannounced weeklong on-site survey by a team of Joint Commission evaluators.

Joint Commission surveyors evaluate compliance with standards-of-care specific to patient needs, including infection prevention, leadership and medication management. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers and researchers, as well as measurement experts, purchasers and consumers.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, PeaceHealth St. Joseph has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, RN, executive director, hospital programs, Accreditation and Certification Services for the Joint Commission.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend PeaceHealth for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” said Pelletier in a statement to PeaceHealth St. Joseph administration.

The Joint Commission also accredited PeaceHealth’s home care performance, to ensure patient care and services are provided in a safe manner.

Founded in 1951, the JOINT COMMISSION seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare 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 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.  An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.
 
PEACEHEALTH ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER, which includes a not-for-profit full-service hospital sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, is part of the PeaceHealth system with medical centers in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.  In addition to the hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group, PeaceHealth’s local services include several Centers of Excellence, a diagnostic laboratory, Whatcom Hospice, a joint venture outpatient imaging service, a specialty clinic in Sedro-Woolley and a critical access hospital being developed on San Juan Island.