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Format: 04/19/2014
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CGH Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Canonsburg Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety.
“We seek accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient’s safety and quality care,” Kim Malinky, President & CEO of Canonsburg Hospital. “We view obtaining The Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence.”
“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that Canonsburg Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal—to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”
The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of the hospital in November 2009. Denise Westwood, VP of Patient Care Services, Canonsburg Hospital, said the entire staff was involved in the success of the accreditation process due to The Joint Commission’s focus on the tracer methodology that spotlights on the direct care of the patient. “The staff at CGH appreciates the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors,” Westwood said.
“We take great pride in our staff and hospital to constantly and consistently meet the requirements needed to receive accreditation by The Joint Commission,” said Malinky. “The accreditation is proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis." The accreditation award recognizes Canonsburg Hospital’s dedication to complying with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. 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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