Ripon Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals.
The accreditation award recognizes Ripon Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Ripon Medical Center underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in late October 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Ripon Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Ripon Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director of Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services with The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend (organization) 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,” according to Katherine Vergos, Ripon Medical Center chief operating officer. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
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 healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare 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 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other healthcare organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.
The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 healthcare 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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
“This accreditation is proof that our associates are committed to providing quality care on an ongoing basis,” Vergos says. “Meeting the standards and achieving excellence is a continuous process. Our efforts will continue beyond this survey.”