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ECMC Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation Affirms highest state-of-the-art safety and quality standards

BUFFALO, NY – Jan. 29, 2014 – Erie County Medical Center Corp. today announced the Joint Commission awarded its Gold Seal of Approval®, an accreditation demonstrating compliance with its 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 the summer and fall of 2013. A team of Joint Commission experts 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 demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, 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 Buffalo-Niagara community it serves.” 

“ECMC has come a long way in the last five years and the ECMC family is well aware of the high quality of care we provide for our patients, but it is always reaffirming to have an outside, standard-setting national organization recognize our efforts,” said Jody L. Lomeo, ECMC CEO.  “This achievement 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,” he added. 

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. 

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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.  

The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services.  

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.  Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org. 

Since the commission’s last accreditation, ECMC has opened a behavioral health center of excellence on the ECMC Health Campus on Grider Street, the third major expansion that includes the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care and the Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility. 

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION:  

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility.  ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, and rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences—the difference between healthcare and true care™. 

MORE ABOUT THE JOINT COMMISSION: 

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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org. 

CONTACTS: 

 

Tom Quatroche at 716-898-5503 -or- tquatroc@ecmc.edu

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

 

 

1/30/2014

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