St. Luke's Awarded Re-Accreditation from The Joint Commission
St. Luke's has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes St. Luke's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.
St. Luke's underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in March 2014. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated St. Luke's 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, St. Luke's has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend St. Luke's for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."
Kathy Johnson, St. Luke's director of quality management, explained that the surveyors were on site looking at all aspects of operations and patient care. "With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps maintain our culture of 'The Patient Above All Else,'" Johnson said. "Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for St. Luke's, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide our patients."
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 healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.