Community Hospital Long Beach recently 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.
For more than 60 years, The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals throughout the nation. The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards for accreditation were formed by healthcare professionals using scientific studies to help hospitals measure, assess and improve their performance.
Employees and physicians at Community Hospital Long Beach underwent a rigorous, unannounced four-day on-site survey in February. During the review, a team of Joint Commission 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 on-site observations and interviews with employees and physicians.
Although Community Hospital Long Beach is a smaller community hospital, The Joint Commission upheld the same standards utilized for surveys of larger hospitals. In their report of Community Hospital Long Beach, surveyors were complimentary of the quality care and processes they observed. Thanks to a rigorous preparation process, Community Hospital Long Beach employees were able to accurately convey the great care they provide, as well as the patient safety initiatives in place which help them maintain a high-standard of care.
“We are very pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission and could not have done so without the efforts of our responsive leadership team and many departments who worked together to initiate necessary changes throughout our hospital,” says Dana Platt, director, Performance Improvement, Community Hospital Long Beach. “Employees from across the hospital continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”
As a whole Community Hospital Long Beach employees, took the steps necessary to show The Joint Commission their commitment to “service excellence” and how they strive to constantly improve the patient experience through safety initiatives and accountability. The Joint Commission left Community Hospital Long Beach with a few opportunities for improvement, which the leadership team is already working on.
“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,” says Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., 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 Community Hospital Long Beach for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”