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(L-R): Ryan Weaver, Assistant Director of Nursing; Denise Shesko, Chief Nursing Officer, Heather Smith, CEO; Marlene Roth, Quality Manager; Alan Grew, Plant Operations Manager. Back Row: Board Members Douglas Bell and Samuel McClure.
Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“Accreditation by the Joint Commission is truly an honor that reflects the commitment our physicians and staff have for our patients,” said Conemaugh Meyersdale’s CEO, Heather Smith. “Each day we strive to safely provide the best possible care for our patients.”
Conemaugh Meyersdale underwent a rigorous unannounced onsite survey in September. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Joint Commission is associated with best practices,” said Smith. “Following their stringent guidelines ensures Conemaugh Meyersdale is complying with the highest standards of patient care. We also appreciate the valuable feedback they provided us.”
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Conemaugh Meyersdale for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.