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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) has earned the long-sought Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Critical Access Hospital Accreditation.

The hospital won the designation by demonstrating continuous compliance with the Joint Commission’s performance standards. The commission labels the Gold Seal as a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

“The Joint Commission accreditation has long been a strategic goal of our hospital,” says Robert Morasko, HRRMC CEO. “I’m extremely proud of our staff for their dedication, long-term planning and preparation that went into making this a success. I would also like to recognize our board of directors for their vision and financial commitment to achieving The Joint Commission Accreditation.”

Director of Marketing and Public Relations Allison Gergley said HRRMC underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site review on June 29. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Critical Access Hospital standards, spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, facility maintenance and operations, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, the Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive of the Joint Commission Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, COO. “We commend HRRMC for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

Preparation for Joint Commission Accreditation was an involved and detailed process, overseen by HRRMC’s Vice President of Patient Services April Asbury and Quality Manager Lisa Barr.

Among the many departments heavily involved in laying the groundwork; Infection Prevention and Employee Health, Pharmacy, Inpatient Services, Plant Operations and Environmental Services, Medical Records and the Emergency Department.

“We are overjoyed with the outcome of our Joint Commission survey, and could not have been as successful as we were without our teams who devoted countless hours to ensuring our patients, employees and visitors are in a safe environment whenever they step foot into our hospital,” said Asbury.

Featured image: The Joint Commission Gold Seal of National Quality Approval.  Courtesy image