Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes HCH’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of- the-art standards.
The hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in June of this year. A team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“This was a very thorough and tough review and we are very pleased to have done well,” said Craig James, Hospital President and CEO. "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.”
James continued to say that “Participating in the accreditation process helps us identify those areas where we might be able to improve the quality of care we provide our patients and residents. Accreditation is a voluntary process and we do this because we want to be the best facility possible. We are committed to elevating the standard of care and building confidence in the communities we serve.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.