BETHPAGE NEW YORK January 20, 2012 - St. Joseph Hospital has 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 hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes St. Joseph Hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.
St. Joseph Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in November 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated St. Joseph Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, St. Joseph Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend St. Joseph for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it services."
"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making 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 Drew Pallas, executive vice president/chief administrative officer. "Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide."
The Joint Commission's hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
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.
About St Joseph Hospital
Located in Bethpage, NY, St. Joseph Hospital is the newest member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. St. Joseph Hospital is a 203-bed, community hospital that provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical, critical care and surgical services. Its Emergency Department cares for more than 37,000 patients a year. Other vital services include an Ambulatory Surgery, Emergency Services, Sleep Medicine, Speech Swallowing and Voice Disorders, Hyperbaric and Wound Healing, Balance Center/Foot Physical Therapy, an Endoscopy Unit, Diabetes Education Center and a full scope of outpatient Radiology Services.
St. Joseph Hospital is a member of the Nassau/Suffolk Hospital Council and the Long Island Health Network, a network of 10 hospitals that work together to lower health care costs and maintain local access to quality care to the communities they serve. The hospital is accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Approved by the New York State Department of Health.