December 12, 2011 -
Olympic Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Olympic Medical’s dedication to continuous compliance with Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Olympic Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in August. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Olympic Medical and its physician and home health divisions 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, Olympic Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its 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 Olympic Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
"Olympic Medical Center makes significant investments in quality on a day-to-day basis, and Joint Commission accreditation highlights these efforts,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical. “Continuing as a Joint Commission-accredited organization is always a top priority, and our employees do an outstanding job of working to ensure the medical center meets and exceeds standards. This achievement shows the skills and patient focus of our medical staff, RNs, other direct patient care employees and support staff.”
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.
Setting an Example
As per a recommendation by Joint Commission surveyors, Olympic Medical Home Health submitted an “Enhanced Congestive Heart Failure” self-management guide to Joint Commission for its Leading Practice Library. The submission underwent rigorous clinical review and was accepted by Joint Commission members as a leading practice because it supports quality and safety, and felt to be of relevance and benefit to other organizations.
The self-management tool is a color-coded guide for home health patients to help them manage and monitor their chronic heart failure symptoms in partnership with home health nurses.
The Leading Practice Library is an important resource that allows Joint Commission-accredited organizations to find “real-life” solutions that have been successfully implemented by their peers. It is a constantly evolving, up-to-date collection of outstanding documents from health care leaders, according to Louise Kuhny, RN, MPH, clinical educator, accreditation and certification operations, Joint Commission.
About The Joint Commission
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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
About Olympic Medical Center
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.