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.