January 25, 2012
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC), the organization which oversees the national standards for health care quality and safety, St. John’s Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ and has once again earned accreditation with TJC.
During fall 2011, the organization participated in unannounced Joint Commission surveys on three sets of standards: the Hospital; the Living Center; and Home Care/Hospice. All received continued accreditation from TJC.
The accreditation also covers all hospital departments and clinics operating during the survey (St. John’s Internal Medicine, St. John’s Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy, St. John’s Institute for Cognitive Health and St. John’s Family Health & Urgent Care).
Because accreditation relies on standards compliance over the course of a three-year cycle, St. John’s must be committed to maintaining a constant state of survey readiness, which in turn improves the safety and care of all patients and residents. Staff and physician involvement is vital to the accreditation process because of the methodology used by TJC, which is based on observation of patient care during the survey process.
“It is very important for our organization to have this accreditation because we want to demonstrate our commitment to our patients’ and residents’ safety and quality of care,” said John Kren, CFO and Acting Interim CEO of St. John’s Medical Center. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving our goal.” The award of accreditation is for a three-year period. Kren commends all staff, and in particular TJC Coordinator and Director of Quality Improvement, Kathleen Byron, Director of Facility Operations and Safety Officer, Jim Johnston and Chief Nursing Officer, Lynn Campbell.
Founded in 1951, TJC 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. TJC evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,200 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. TJC conducts a thorough three-day on-site review and accredits organizations who are committed to meeting rigorous national standards—continuously. An independent, not-for-profit organization, TJC is the nation's oldest and largest standards setting and accreditation body in health care.