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Dec 12, 2012
Memorial Health Center Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation

(Medford) By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals, Memorial Health Center, an Aspirus partner, has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. Memorial Health Center has been Joint Commission accredited without interruption since 1965.

“At Memorial Health Center we are committed to patient safety and to providing quality care,” says Memorial Health Center’s President/CEO Gregg Olson. “We view holding Joint Commission accreditation as a key component in maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework for fostering a culture of excellence.”

Memorial Health Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced, on-site survey in May 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Memorial Health Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

The accreditation award recognizes Memorial Health Center’s dedication to complying with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis. 

The Joint Commission also granted accreditation to Medical Center Pharmacy – Memorial Health Center’s retail pharmacy – for its Durable Medical Equipment and Home Care (delivery of prescriptions). The Joint Commission accreditation does not apply to Memorial Health Center’s diverse Senior Care Services, which are surveyed by the State of Wisconsin.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Memorial Health Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director of Hospital Programs, Accreditation, and Certification Services for The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Memorial Health Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations. 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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