11/19/2013 10:15:00 AM Tuba City hospital earns high marks for patient care
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation earned the Gold Seal for compliance with the Joint Commission for the hospitalís compliance with the Commissionís standards for care. Photo courtesy Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
TUBA CITY, Ariz. - After Tuba City's hospital underwent an unannounced on-site survey in March, an agency that evaluates health care organizations for their quality of care awarded Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) high marks.
The Joint Commission gave TCRHCC its Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation after a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.
Jennifer Rhamy, Joint Commission executive director for the Laboratory Accreditation Program, said TCRHCC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients.
"Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend TCRHCC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves," Rhamey said.
To earn the Gold Seal, the hospital demonstrated compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for Hospital Accreditation Program, Laboratory Accreditation Program and Home Care Accreditation Program. The accreditation award recognizes TCRHCC's dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.
An organization's accreditation is for three years. The only exception is for laboratories, which have a two-year accreditation. Accreditation is not automatically renewed. To become accredited again, an organization must reapply, participate in a survey and demonstrate compliance with the standards.
William Dey, the hospital's chief of quality officer, said the Joint Commission accreditation shows the hospital is 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 create a culture of excellence," Dey said. "For our organization, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide."
The Joint Commission has evaluated and accredited health care services since 1979. Today, the Joint Commission accredits organizations providing health care services.
"We are very proud of all the staff and the providers who work so hard to maintain the quality of the health care we deliver to patients each day," said Joe Engelken, CEO for the hospital.
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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.
The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. More information is available at www.jointcommission.org.