HUNTINGTON HOSPITAL AWARDED FULL ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION
Huntington Memorial Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for achieving national standards for health-care quality and safety.
The Joint Commission, formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation at Huntington in March. Joint Commission accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates a hospital meets high performance standards.
As an accredited hospital, Huntington is evaluated every three years by the Joint Commission. In these unannounced visits, surveyors review all of the hospital's systems and processes, especially as they relate to national patient safety goals. Huntington maintains continuous survey readiness to ensure compliance with these important safety measures.
"Huntington has always been committed to the highest standards of patient safety and quality." says Paula Verrette, MD, vice president, Quality and Performance Improvement at Huntington. "Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a hospital-wide effort. Our entire team is to be commended for their continual commitment to our patients and our community."
The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States annually.
Huntington Hospital is a 636-bed nonprofit hospital housing the only trauma center in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley and home to regionally renowned programs in cancer care, neurosciences and cardiovascular services. It is a world-class destination for the treatment of epilepsy, prostate cancer, computer assisted joint replacement, and robotic minimally invasive bariatric surgeries and is an active teaching hospital with affiliations with USC, UCLA and the City of Hope Medical Center. Consistent with its nonprofit mission, last year Huntington Hospital provided millions of dollars in community benefit through charity care; benefits directed at vulnerable populations; and health research, education and training. The hospital also provided additional support to the Medicare population and funded programs that would otherwise be absent from the community, such as trauma care, geriatric psychiatric services and a level three neonatal intensive care unit.
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