Eureka, CA (July 19, 2016) – St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka has earned The Joint Commission’s
Gold Seal of Approval® for
Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its 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.
St. Joseph Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in
April. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors
evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas,
including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention
and control, 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.
“We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission,
the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the
nation,” said David O’Brien, MD, President of St. Joseph Health-Humboldt
County. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together
to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve
care for the patients in our community.”
“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 St. Joseph Hospital for its efforts to
become a quality improvement organization.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation
with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.
The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus
to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.
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Founded in 1951,
The Joint Commission 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 accredits and certifies nearly 21,000
health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent,
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