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ECMC receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™

Erie County Medical Center 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 ECMC's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

ECMC underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in August 2010.  A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated ECMC 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, ECMC 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 ECMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

"While we are aware of the quality of care we provide for our patients, it is always gratifying to have an outside organization recognize our efforts," says Jody Lomeo, CEO.  "This accreditation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff as they strive for excellence every day.  Joint Commission accreditation provides us with a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps maintain this culture of excellence." 

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.  Accreditation is a way of evaluating quality and safety at ECMC and other hospitals by auditing the delivery of critical services and patient care.  The unannounced survey is a validation of ECMC's continuous improvement efforts and underscores the dedication and professionalism of our staff since The Joint Commission's methodology focuses on the direct care of the patients at the Medical Center.

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. 

In Improving America's Hospitals - The Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety - 2010, the Commission reported a significant improvement on hospital accountability measures over time and concluded that "this improvement has greatly enhanced the quality of care provided in America's hospitals and has resulted in better patient outcomes."  ECMC is proud to be a part of this continuing growth of excellence in healthcare for our patients and the WNY community and to have earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 -or- jcirillo@ecmc.edu 




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