SILOAM SPRINGS — By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals, Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital and its laboratory recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by The Joint Commission. These standards address 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.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said 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 Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The facility underwent an unannounced on-sitesurvey in 2010. A team of surveyors evaluated SSMH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection control, leadership and medication management.

“With The Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis throughout the entire organization. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to further support our physicians and patient care staff which will help us take our organization to the next level,” said Kevin Clement, CEO of SSMH.

By Alicia Martin Hospital physician liaison
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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