Barnesville Hospital has earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval* for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commissions national standards for health care quality and safety in critical access hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Barnesville Hospitals dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commissions state-of-the-art standards.

Barnesville Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in November 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Barnesville Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The entire Barnesville Hospital teams involvement in the accreditation process was vital to the success of the on-site survey because the tracer methodology used focuses on the direct care of the patient, stated Jane Hall, R.N., B.S.N., Sr. Director of Quality. According to David Phillips, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, Barnesville Hospitals 100% compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals was validated by the Joint Commission team during the survey.

In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Barnesville Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients, says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend

Barnesville Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.

With Joint Commission accreditation, 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, says Richard Doan, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer.

Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.

The Joint Commissions critical access 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.

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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 nations oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.