Bassett Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is reflective of an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Bassett Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey earlier this year by a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors who evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and emergency management. The surveyors also traced the patient experience by observing care provided in the hospital and by speaking with patients, doctors, nurses, and other staff who interact with patients.

“The accreditation process is an important outside evaluation of our performance and is critical to measuring the quality of our organization,” explains Ronette Wiley, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Bassett Medical Center. “Knowing the hospital earned accreditation provides another level of comfort to our patients and their families, and it is a significant source of pride for our practitioners and staff. The survey process is demanding, it occurs every three years, and is a demonstration of our commitment to evidence-based practices and providing patients with the best care we can.”

The Joint Commission’s standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas,” 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 Bassett Medical Center for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

The Joint Commission, which has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years, accredits approximately 88 percent of hospitals that are accredited in the United States.

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