Baptist Medical Center Awarded Gold Seal of Approval For Disease Specific Care

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Baptist Medical Center has earned the only Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ in Mississippi for breast cancer, acute coronary syndrome, heart failure and outpatient diabetes. It also received The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Primary Stroke Center. Baptist demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. These certification awards recognize Baptist's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the- art standards.

"This achievement is due to the determination of our physicians and medical staff clinicians making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis quickly assessing and treating these diseases," said Baptist Chief Medical Officer Eric McVey, MD.

Baptist underwent a rigorous on-site survey. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Baptist for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence," added Dr. McVey.

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Baptist has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Baptist for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

ABOUT 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 evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit 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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