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St. Joseph Health Awarded Hospital Accreditation from the Joint Commission

01/17/2017

Eureka, CA (January 18, 2017) – St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hospital, home infusion and laboratory services 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 and Redwood Memorial hospitals underwent rigorous, unannounced onsite surveys in April and September of last year, respectively. Humboldt Home Infusion was surveyed in April 2016 and the laboratory at Redwood Memorial Hospital was surveyed in October 2016.

“St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County is pleased to receive accreditation from the Joint Commission,” said Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County William Parks, MD. “Staff from across our hospitals continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that ensure high quality care.”

During the hospital reviews, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, medication management and leadership. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews with staff and patients.

The lab interview consisted of a survey to evaluate compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, healthcare-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff qualifications and competency. During the home infusion survey, compliance with home care standards reflecting key organization areas was evaluated, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership.

“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 and Redwood Memorial hospitals for their efforts to become quality improvement organizations.”

The Joint Commission

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 more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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