Riverview Regional Medical Center today announced that 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.
Riverview underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in June of this
year. 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 on-site
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.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes
needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff
education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said
Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation
and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition,
our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk
reduction strategies. We commend (name of organization) for its efforts
to become a quality improvement organization.”
“Riverview Regional is pleased to receive accreditation from The
Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting
body in the nation,” added Sandy Agnone, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, Chief
Nursing Officer. “Staff from across the organization continue to
work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential
to improve care for the patients in our community.”
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.