PIERRE S.D. – Avera St. Mary’s announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Avera St. Mary’s Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey April 4-7. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
“Avera St. Mary’s is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Mikel Holland, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer of Avera St. Mary’s. “The Joint Commission acts as an independent audit of Avera St. Mary’s commitment to continuous quality improvement. Receiving this accreditation is a testament to our staff and their efforts to meet high quality standards.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.
“The surveyors have the opportunity to tour facilities and meet with hospital leaders and staff across the United States,” said Holland. “When The Joint Commission surveyors are on site, they share best practice procedures they have learned from other hospitals and through their own experience and research. Avera St. Mary’s staff continues to work together to develop and implement those best practice approaches that have the potential to improve care for our patients. We are committed to continually improve and deliver safe, high quality care.”
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