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Decatur Memorial Hospital Awarded Certification from the Joint Commission


Decatur, Ill – Decatur Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Decatur Memorial Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Decatur Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey in November 2010. Joint Commission evaluated DMH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients who have had heart attacks, including compliance with evidence based practice guidelines, coordination of care, patient education and leadership.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, DMH has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care of its patients with heart attacks,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.M., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend DMH for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission certification provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Ken Smithmier, president and chief executive officer. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in care for patients with heart attacks, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with the 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. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and 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.