Auburn Community Hospital reaccredited by the Joint Commission

Posted on: 08/12/2014

By: Michelle Crews l Special to The Citizen

Auburn Community Hospital’s President/CEO Scott Berlucchi has announced the reaccreditation of the hospital by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is a prestigious, independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Berlucchi notes that “this accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. These standards are developed with input from health care professionals, providers, subject matter experts, consumers, government agencies (including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and employers. They are formed by scientific literature and expert consensus and approved by the board of commissioners.”

The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Based in a Chicago suburb, it works rigorously on improving health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations, assisting and directing them to strive at providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. Their overall objectives are “the continuing expansion and coordination of nationally standardized core measurement capabilities and increasing the use of measure data for quality improvement, benchmarking, accountability, decision-making, accreditation and research,” according to the commission's website. To earn and maintain the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

As part of the Joint Commission process, a physician, a nursing executive and a facilities expert surveyed Auburn Community Hospital for three full days. Policies and procedures were reviewed in addition to conversations with front-line staff members and physicians who are responsible for the day-to-day care of our patients. The survey report complimented Auburn Community Hospital for the significant strides that have been made in quality improvement and patient safety. In addition to the performance of the survey, the Joint Commission serves as a resource for many of the best practices in health care.

Upon receipt of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, the hospital celebrated by hosting a reception for all staff and physicians. In addressing the staff, Dr. John Riccio, chief medical officer, thanked everyone for their continued efforts to provide compassionate, quality care to all whom they serve every hour of the day.

Ann E. Doran, vice president for quality management at Auburn Community Hospital, said, “The tremendous success that the hospital earned on the 2014 Joint Commission reaccreditation came as no surprise to the leadership at Auburn Community Hospital. Patient safety, quality of care and staff and physician engagement are at the forefront of what we do at Auburn Community Hospital.”

Michelle Crews is a marketing assistant at Auburn Community Hospital. For more information, call the hospital at (315) 255-7011.

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