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Published on June 11, 2003

Georgetown Hospital System Facilities Earn JCAHO Accreditation

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Georgetown, SC – Both hospitals included in the Georgetown Hospital System family have achieved the Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Joint Commission accreditation, which is voluntary, means Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown and Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, have demonstrated compliance with national standards for patient safety and quality of care.

“We seek accreditation for our hospitals because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” according to Bruce P. Bailey, CEO, Georgetown Hospital System. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence,” he added.

“We are particularly proud to have successfully completed the intensive JCAHO survey process at both facilities within a few months time. This is a huge accomplishment. Our employees should be proud and our community should be reassured,” Bailey said.

The JCAHO accreditation for each hospital is for a three-year period.

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. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States including about 9,000 hospitals and home care organizations.

“Above all, the national standards are intended to simulate 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.”

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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