LANCASTER, Ohio (November 9, 2011) – Fairfield Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Fairfield Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s “best practice” care standards.
Fairfield Medical Center underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in June. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Fairfield Medical Center 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, Fairfield Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Fairfield Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the communities it serves.”
"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 us create a culture of excellence,” says Mina Ubbing, Fairfield Medical Center president and CEO. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation for our organization is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
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. 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.
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