St. Mary's re-accredited

12/08/09 — By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, St. Mary's Health Care System has again earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval (TM).

"We sought re-accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patients' safety and quality care," says Don McKenna, St. Mary's President and CEO. "We view maintaining Joint Commission accreditation as an ongoing step toward achieving excellence."

"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "The community should be proud that St. Mary's is focusing on the most challenging goal: to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of St. Mary's earlier this year. The accreditation award recognizes St. Mary's dedication to complying with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis. The accreditation process covers many components of St. Mary's Health Care System, including St. Mary's Hospital, St. Mary's Home Health Care/Hospice Services, St. Mary's Hospice House, and St. Mary's Outpatient Diagnostic, Rehab and Wellness Center.

St. Mary's also maintains the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval (TM) for clinical excellence in Primary Stroke Care, Heart Failure, and Knee Replacement Surgery. St. Mary's is the only acute care facility in Northeast Georgia to achieve all three of these awards of distinction.

St. Mary's has held continuous accreditation by The Joint Commission since 1954. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.

St. Mary's Highland Hills Village Retirement Community is not included in the Joint Commission survey process. St. Mary's Center for Rehabilitative Medicine is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabiliation Facilities.

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