Catholic Health Hospitals Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation

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December 1, 2009

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

All Catholic Health hospitals, including Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus, have earned accreditation by The Joint Commission following unannounced site surveys held throughout the year.

“Joint Commission accreditation is really the ‘gold standard’ in healthcare and an acknowledgment of the high quality care provided by our associates and physicians,” said Brian D’Arcy, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Catholic Health. “Achieving accreditation means that our hospitals have met the highest national standards for excellence and patient safety.”

Joint Commission accreditation is a voluntary process consisting of rigorous unannounced site surveys by a team of physicians, nurses and other health executives. The Joint Commission survey team looks at all aspects of care delivery from diagnosis, treatment and recovery, to physical comfort, food service and housekeeping. They also perform detailed building inspections, check medical equipment for safety and reliability, and verify staff credentials and competencies.

“We seek accreditation for our hospitals and related organizations because we want to demonstrate our commitment to a culture of patient safety that results in quality outcomes for our patients,” said John Kane, Catholic Health Vice President of Quality & Patient Safety. “The Joint Commission survey process is an important tool in our performance improvement activities and provides our patients with the added assurance that the care we provide is among the best available.”