OSWEGO – Oswego 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 effective patient care.
Oswego Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced four-day onsite survey in May.
During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated 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 onsite observations and interviews.
“I would like to commend the staff for achieving this important accreditation from The Joint Commission, said Oswego Health President and CEO Chuck Gijanto. “The surveyors indicated it was the strong professional and personal commitment of the physicians and staff to provide excellent high-quality care, which led to this being one of the most positive surveys in hospital history.”
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years.
More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period.
In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, 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 Oswego Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.
The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.