Hospital Lab Services Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation

11/18/2011

     Northern Hospital of Surry County Laboratory Services have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes Northern Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

     Northern Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in August. An expert   laboratory surveyor from the Joint Commission evaluated the hospital laboratory services for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care. "In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Northern Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Jennifer Rhamy, M.B.A., M.A., M.T. (ASCP) SBB, HP, Executive Director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend them 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. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Mary Midkiff, Laboratory Director. “For our organization, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
     The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting laboratory services since 1979. Today, The Joint Commission accredits almost 2,000 organizations providing laboratory services. This represents almost 3,000 Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment certificate laboratories, including independent reference labs and in vitro fertilization labs, and those connected with other health care organizations such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and long-term care facilities.
The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards, developed with input from professional laboratory organizations, emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing. Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the time the doctor’s order is received in the laboratory, the specimen is collected and tested, and the results are reported, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care. These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.
     Northern Hospital of Surry County is a 133-bed, not-for-profit, governmental district facility with a number of outpatient service locations and physician offices providing a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community from infant to geriatric care. Located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serving the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring counties in southwest Virginia. For more information, please call (336) 719-7000 or visit www.northernhospital.com.
     Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care 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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. 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.

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