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St. James Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation

November 28, 2012
St. James Healthcare 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 St. James Healthcare’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. St. James underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in September of 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated St. James 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, St. James Healthcare has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director of Accreditation and Certification Services for The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend St. James 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 quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down.” says Chuck Wright, President and CEO of St. James Healthcare. “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.