Hamilton Medical Center awarded accreditation 
from The Joint Commission

Monday, January 21, 2013

 Pictured are some of the Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) associates who participated in the recent Joint Commission survey.
Pictured are some of the Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) associates who participated in the recent Joint Commission survey. HMC 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.

DALTON, Ga.– Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) 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 Hamilton’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

HMC underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in December of 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated HMC 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, Hamilton Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Hamilton for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in health care quality and safety on a day-to-day basis,” said Sandy McKenzie, COO for HMC. “Participating in this survey is a validation of our ongoing improvement efforts.”

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.

Hamilton Home Health, part of Hamilton Medical Center, underwent a survey at the same time and received reaccreditation.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program accredits more than 5,600 organizations. The Joint Commission’s standards address the home care organization’s performance in specific areas, and specify requirements to ensure that patient care and services are provided in a safe manner. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers and researchers, as well as measurement experts, purchasers and consumers.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hamilton Home Health has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Margherita Labson, RN, executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Hamilton for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. 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 jointcommission.org.

“I want to thank the many Hamilton staff members who participated in the survey,” said McKenzie. “Their involvement was vital because the process focuses on the direct care of the patient or client.”