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OGH earns Joint Commission accreditation

Posted on: 07/13/2016

Olean General Hospital recently earned hospital reaccreditation from The Joint Commission.

In order to earn accreditation, a team of Joint Commission surveyors conducted an unannounced, rigorous onsite survey, evaluating compliance with hospital standards related to emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

Receiving The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® demonstrates OGH’s continuous compliance with its performance standards and shows its commitment to providing safe and effective care.

“Providing safe and high quality care care to our patients is always Olean General Hospital’s top priority and earning reaccreditation from the Joint Commission affirms this commitment to our patients,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executive officer, OGH.

There are many benefits to achieving The Joint Commission accreditation, according to Gail Bagazzoli, RN, vice president of quality, OGH. “Specifically, it helps us improve the quality of patient care by reducing variation in clinical processes. The Joint Commission’s standards and emphasis on clinical practice guidelines help organizations establish consistent approaches to care, reducing the risk of error,” she said.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Olean General Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

The Joint Commission, which has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years, accredits and certifies 21,000 healthcare organizations in the country. Accreditation is awarded for a three-year period after evaluating and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care. It is the nation’s oldest and largest standards and accrediting organization in healthcare.

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