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
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.