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Winthrop Raises the Bar on Healthcare Quality and Safety with Major Accolades

Once again, Winthrop-University Hospital and Winthrop's Home Health Agency have received a full three-year accreditation - and the highest praise - from The Joint Commission. Winthrop recently earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval� for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Winthrop's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's rigorous and comprehensive quality and safety standards.

The successful unannounced survey included an extensive five-day on-site review conducted by a select team of Joint Commission professionals including a physician, administrator, engineer and nurses, who evaluated the Hospital's performance in areas that affect patient safety and quality of care. The surveyors assessed a broad range of Hospital activities and procedures and interacted with Hospital leadership, medical staff, employ ees as well as patients. Winthrop received no direct impact findings - as compared to the national average of 4.7 direct impact findings - indicating the survey team found nothing that posed an immediate risk to patient safety and quality of care. There were minor recommendations for improvement, almost all of which were addressed immediately.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Winthrop has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Executive Director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services at The Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Winthrop for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

In speaking to a gathering of staff immediately following the conclusion of the survey, Barbara Kohart Kleine, Vice President of Administration responsible for the coordination and oversight of the Hospital's regulatory and survey activities, said that a large part of Winthrop's success with the Joint Commission survey was the outstanding communication shared by the members of the Winthrop staff. Employees and medical staff were available to the surveyors and shared their Hospital experiences with knowledge and pride, further demonstrating their commitment to a culture of patient safety and outstanding care.

John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital (pictured right at podium), congratulates Winthrop leaders on the successful Joint Commission survey.
Vol. 21, No. 1
Winter/Spring 2011

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