FMH Receives Accreditation from the Joint Commission
Ensures the highest standard of care
October 6, 2011
Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Franklin Memorial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Franklin Memorial underwent five days of rigorous unannounced on-site review in July. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Franklin Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Franklin for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts, and patients.
“Our staff worked very hard to prepare for this survey and it is through their dedication to the quality of care provided by Franklin Memorial Hospital that I attribute our successful accreditation,” said Rebecca Ryder, FMH president. “This accreditation underscores that this hospital and our medical practices are making tremendous strides in providing the highest quality of care to the people of Greater Franklin County. This positive affirmation by an independent reviewer only strengthens our determination to continue our efforts to excel at all levels of our health delivery system.”
Joseph Bujold, FMH board chair added, “This successful Joint Commission survey is a positive reflection on a change in culture and progress toward more team work and physician involvement on quality improvement initiatives. It is the seal of approval for the top quality of health care delivered in our community.”
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
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