October 22, 2013
VISALIA – Kaweah Delta 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 healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Kaweah Delta’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
The Gold Seal was awarded to Kaweah Delta Medical Center and other acute services provided by Kaweah Delta Health Care District. The award is the result of high marks achieved by Kaweah Delta during a rigorous unannounced on-site survey earlier this month. During the survey, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Kaweah Delta for compliance with standards of care including the needs of patients, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Kaweah Delta has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says 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 Kaweah Delta for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Lindsay Mann, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta, said Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care provided to this community. During the unannounced survey, it was evident that the surveyors liked what they saw.
“Surveyors were very impressed with the wide range of services offered by Kaweah Delta, but most importantly, by the individualized care provided by our physicians and nurses,” Mann said. “In all of my years of participating in Joint Commission surveys, I have never heard the frequency and specificity of compliments regarding the quality of care provided by physicians, nurses, other clinicians and hospital staff.”
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 healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.