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News: Centegra earns Joint Commission gold seals for quality, safety

Both Centegra hospitals have been recognized for complying with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Several certification awards recognize Centegra Hospital-Woodstock and Centegra Hospital-McHenry for dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Centegra Hospital-Woodstock has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its bariatric surgery, primary stroke center and heart failure programs. Centegra Hospital-McHenry has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its primary stroke center and heart failure programs.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Centegra Health System has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with bariatric surgerystroke and heart failure,”  said Jean Range, executive director, disease-specific care certification with The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Centegra for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

”With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down.Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,”  said Rachel Sebastian, vice president of service line operations for Centegra Health System. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in bariatric surgery, primary stroke care, and heart failure is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.” 

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

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 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards setting and accrediting body in health care.

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