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Southampton Hospital Awarded Accreditation From The Joint Commission

Originally Posted: February 09, 2011

Southampton Hospital was awarded the Joint Commission' Gold Seal of Approval. (Southampton Hospital

Southampton - Southampton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with Commission's national, state-of-the-art standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

Southampton Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in January. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. These standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Southampton Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services for the Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Southampton Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Achieving accreditation is a major step toward maintaining a culture of excellence and continually improving the care we provide," says Robert S. Chaloner, Hospital President and CEO.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to provide safe, effective care of the highest quality and value. The Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Commission is the nations' oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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