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St. Joseph Hospital Receives Praise from National Accreditation Team for Quality and Safety

04/26/2016

Eureka, CA (April 22, 2016) – St. Joseph Hospital recently underwent a comprehensive, unannounced on-site survey by the Joint Commission, a national hospital accreditation organization.

During the survey, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including patient safety, emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with patients, physicians, and staff members.

“The Joint Commission survey 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 Karen Varner, area director of Quality Management at St. Joseph. “The survey is a way of evaluating quality and safety in our organization. It is essentially an opportunity to assess the actual delivery of our critical services and patient care.”

According to Varner, the survey team was very impressed with the high level of patient care performed by front-line staff and with the many specialty services provided by the hospital to a rural community.

According to Dr. David O’Brien, President of St. Joseph Hospital, the Joint Commission survey is an opportunity for hospitals to evaluate how effective their quality and safety protocols are.

“For our hospital, the Joint Commission survey helps to validate that our ongoing efforts for quality patient care meet the rigorous standards set by the nation’s preeminent accrediting body in healthcare,” said Dr. O’Brien. “The fact that this recent survey was overwhelmingly successful is a tribute to the dedicated and skilled staff at St. Joseph Hospital.”

While the unannounced Joint Commission survey lasted for four days, according to Dr. O’Brien, quality care and patient safety are issues that the hospital staff focuses on each and every day.

“I’m extremely proud and appreciative of the commitment and service of our physicians, nurses and all our support staff at St. Joseph,” said Dr. O’Brien. “Our focus on safety and quality is an ongoing and continuous process that impacts every department and all our staff plays an important role.”

“The survey serves as a validation to our patients and our community regarding our passion to deliver safe, high quality care,” said Dr. O’Brien. “Our community can be confident about the care we provide and the seriousness of our efforts to deliver care that reflects our history of compassion and integrity handed down from our founding.”

According to Varner, a similar survey is anticipated for Redwood Memorial. “We look forward to have the Joint Commission see the outstanding care and quality that Redwood provides as well,” said Varner.

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.

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.

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