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DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER AWARDED HOSPITAL ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

December 27, 2018

The Quality and Risk, and Infection Control Teams at Davis Medical Center were instrumental in helping plan and prepare the organization for the Joint Commission Survey. The survey is an intense evaluation of hospital standards spanning several key operational and quality indicators. Preparation generally begins 12 to 18 months before the survey date. DMC recognized these individuals for their role to help successfully achieve the Gold Seal of Approval®.

(ELKINS, W.VA.) – Davis Medical Center is pleased to announce it has once again 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. 

Davis Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey.  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.

“The Joint Commission is the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Michelle Stanton, BSN, RN, and Chief Quality Officer/Risk Manager.  “Earning the Gold Seal of Approval® is an accomplishment for DMC and each member of our staff.  Patients can be assured that we are committed to providing exceptional care in every facet of our organization.”

“Michelle’s team led an intense multi-year training in preparation for this survey,” said DHS CEO Vance Jackson, FACHE.  “Anyone familiar with the Joint Commission accreditation process understands what a tremendous undertaking it is.  Many thanks to Michelle, her team, and all Davis Medical staff for their role in successfully achieving this high honor.”

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 Davis Medical Center 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.