Georgetown Hospital System facilities awarded accreditation from Joint Commission
Friday, May 26, 2006
Georgetown, SC – By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety, Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital, members of the Georgetown Hospital family, have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.
“We sought accreditation for both hospitals in our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Bruce Bailey, CEO of Georgetown Hospital System. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence.”
“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” says Kurt Patton, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital are focusing on the most challenging goal – to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”
Each of the awards of accreditation is for a three-year period ending 2009.
Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 7,800 hospitals and home care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 7,800 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 7,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint commission also accredits heath plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs and primary stroke centers. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.