inthrop has received its second consecutive three-year Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the nation's oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body.
At the conclusion of the JCAHO's intensive four-day survey in October, 1998, Winthrop was rated at 97 out of a possible 100 points, and Winthrop's Home Health Agency was rated at 95 out of 100. Both scores reflect a level of excellence rarely attained by any facility. The superior quality patient care and services provided to Winthrop's patients were evident to the JCAHO's expert team of surveyors, which included a physician, hospital administrator, and registered nurse.
"We are extremely gratified to have achieved this designation," says Daniel P. Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer at Winthrop. "Receiving Accreditation with Commendation from the JCAHO represents official recognition of the clinical excellence, focus on quality, and cohesiveness of our healthcare delivery team."
"In helping to raise quality to ever higher levels, the staff has enhanced healthcare services for all of our patients," added John H. Krumpe, Chairman of Winthrop's Board of Directors.
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization which evaluates and accredits almost 11,000 hospitals and home care agencies, and more than 7,000 other healthcare organizations. JCAHO Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of recognition, has been an official category since January 1, 1991, and is attributed only to organizations which earn superior survey scores.
The JCAHO surveyors observed staff performance at Winthrop, as well as clinical procedures and documentation. Visits to homecare patients were included as well. The Hospital's teamwork particularly impressed the surveyors.