St. Mary Medical Center Gets the Gold (Seal of Approval)
2012-08-02 · By Editor
St. Mary Medical Center has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval of accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. According to Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations for The Joint Commission, St. Mary has been granted accreditation decision for all surveyed services. This is in addition to the Advanced Certification the hospital received in 2011 as a Primary Stroke Center.
“Accreditation is not easily earned; it takes a dedicated team of clinicians working together to ensure the highest level of health care,” said Thomas Salerno, St. Mary Medical Center President & CEO.
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
The Joint Commission surveyors evaluated St. Mary, a 389-bed acute care facility, for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control. St. Mary Medical Center performed above the target range/value in the areas of surgical care, infection prevention, heart attack care, and pneumonia treatment.
“Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a giant step toward maintaining excellence while continuing to be innovative and enhancing our technology. It demonstrates that our medical staff and employees are committed to delivering safe, high-quality care, and services to the patients we treat every day. I am proud of our team,” added Salerno.