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CORPUS CHRISTI – Driscoll Children’s Hospital has 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 quality patient care. The accreditation is good for three years.
The Joint Commission conducted intensive, on-site surveys in March. Included were visits of Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi and off-site clinics in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Victoria.
During the unannounced visits, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for 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 observations and interviews.
“Driscoll Children’s Hospital is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Eric Hamon, President and CEO, Driscoll Health System. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that improve care for the children of South Texas.”
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys healthcare organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Driscoll Children’s Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality care.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.
“Part of preparing for The Joint Commission survey is reviewing and understanding The Joint Commission standards and National Patient Safety Goals. We have tools, checklists and tips to help staff meet the requirements of these standards,” said Charlotte Trudeau, MSN, RN, CPN, Director of Accreditation & Regulatory Services, Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
“The accreditation process highlights the focus we place on the culture of safety throughout the organization and the quality of care we provide for our patients and their families. The Joint Commission helps us to continually look at the care we provide, the processes we have in place and to improve upon them,” she said.