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SCL Health System care sites receive The Joint Commission's Seal of Approval

August 06, 2012

Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan. — members of SCL Health system, a faith-based, not-for-profit organization driven to be a trusted health partner — have received 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 the hospitals’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Saint John underwent its on-site survey in February 2012, and the Providence survey was conducted in March 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospitals 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, Providence and Saint John have demonstrated a commitment to the highest level of care for their 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 Providence and Saint John for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of care and instill confidence in the communities they serve.”

About SCL Health System
SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating 11 hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS provides more than $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.