Winthrop Receives Highest Praise From Prestigious Joint Commission

Vol. 18, No. 1
Spring 2008

  • The CyberKnife Challenge: Shrinking Hard-to-treat Tumors

  • Cutting-Edge Procedure Saves Patient with Rare Heart Condition

  • Winthrop Receives Highest Praise From Prestigious Joint Commission

  • Long Islanders Breathe Easier

  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Support Winthrop

  • Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab Opens at Winthrop

  • Winthrop & Healthtrax: Partners in Wellness

  • Winthrop Celebrates and Honors its Volunteers and Auxilians

  • Yuletide Ball Raises Nearly $170,000 in Support of Pediatric Services

  • Winthrop Volunteers Wrap Holiday Gifts to Raise Funds for Reach Out and Read Program

  • Evening of 'Tasting and Giving' Raises $55,000 for Winthrop's CCFK

  • Astoria Federal Funds Creation of Virtual Resource Center for Diabetes Education

  • Winthrop's New Serenity Chapel Lights the Way for Peace & Hope

  • Winthrop to Undergo Facelift

  • Toshiba Reps Travel from Tokyo to Tour CyberKnife Center

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Supports Survivors of Childhood Cancers

  • Citigroup Foundation Supports CCFK

  • Loads of Toys for Winthrop's Young Patients

  • NY Islanders Visit Pediatrics

  • Winthrop Gets the Gold for Excellence in Stroke Care

  • Winthrop Continues Flu Immunization Program for Seniors

  • Local Homemakers Create & Donate Surgical Dolls

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    Charles M. Strain, Chairman of Winthrop's Board of Directors, and Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO of Winthrop, congratulate Team Winthrop leaders on the successful Joint Commission survey.
    Once again, Winthrop-University Hospital and Winthrop Home Health Care have received accreditation - and the highest praise - from The Joint Commission (formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO).

    During the unannounced four-day November site visit, representatives of The Joint Commission thoroughly assessed four major aspects of Winthrop's day-to-day operations:
    • Environment of care
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Medication safety
    • Patient safety
    A team of surveyors observed activities, interviewed physicians and staff, and examined documents for accuracy, comprehensiveness and timeliness. In addition, they spoke directly with patients currently hospitalized at Winthrop. When all was said and done, The Joint Commission surveyors reported that they were thoroughly impressed with the consistently high quality of care they observed, and the environment of safety Winthrop provides to its patients.

    "It was clear to us," one surveyor said, "that Winthrop is so successful in providing an environment of safety because the Winthrop staff lives a culture of safety."

    Following the closing remarks by the Joint Commission surveyors, Charles M. Strain, Chairman of Winthrop's Board of Directors; Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO of Winthrop; and Val Terzano, Vice President, Nursing, congratulated Winthrop leaders on the successful Joint Commission survey.

    When Mr. Strain addressed the group, he said, "As Chairman of the Board of Winthrop-University Hospital, I want to tell you how proud I am, as a volunteer and also as a member of the community served by Winthrop. It is especially gratifying to know that we have a hospital of Winthrop's caliber serving our community." Mr. Strain added, "it is truly rewarding to hear such high praise about Winthrop's superior quality care and focus on patient safety from independent surveyors who have visited hospitals across the country."

    The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and most respected healthcare accrediting body. It has been accrediting hospitals for more than 50 years, and its Gold Seal of Approval indicates that Winthrop meets the highest standards of performance for patient care and safety.
    Congratulations to each and every member of the Winthrop Team on achieving the outstanding results in our Joint Commission survey. The surveyors recognized the dedication and commitment to patient safety and quality which was readily apparent at all levels and at all locations they visited. They commented that their experience at Winthrop was at the highest level they had seen anywhere throughout the country!

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, Administration and your colleagues, I want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you. You are the best!

    - Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO
    Once again, Winthrop has been recognized by this prestigious organization for doing what it does every day: providing "Care without compromise" in a "Welcoming and world-class" environment.

    Winthrop managers and administrators gather in the New Life Conference Center for the Exit Conference at the conclusion of the Joint Commission survey.

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