Hospital receives JCAHO approval

Thursday, October 27, 2005

This week, St. John's Hospital-Cassville announced a huge achievement for the local medical facility.

According to Gary W. Jordan, hospital president, St. John's-Cassville has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

"This national accreditation demonstrates that the hospital's medical staff and co-workers are committed to delivering the best patient care possible," said Jordan. "We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step towards achieving excellence to best serve patients in our region."

The Commission's Gold Seal of Approval has been awarded to the hospital. Jordan said Cassville was among the first hospitals in the region to be evaluated under the new survey approach. To ensure quality of service, St. John's Hospital-Cassville will participate in the voluntary accreditation survey every three years with a team of Joint Commission healthcare experts.

"The national standards are intended to stimulate continuous and systematic improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care," said Joyce Noland, the hospital's executive director of quality resource.

"The community should be proud that St. John's Hospital-Cassville is focusing on one of healthcare's most challenging goals - to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

Each year, the Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 16,000 healthcare organizations, which use the survey process to measure their performance against the highest standards for healthcare.

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