SAN DIEGO– Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Disease Specific Certification in two key areas:
Advanced Inpatient Diabetes and Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Both hospitals demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety.
Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital are the only hospitals in San Diego County, and just the second in the entire state to receive the Gold Seal of Approval for certification in advanced inpatient diabetes.
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) voluntarily underwent a rigorous on-site survey, as a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated both facilities for compliance of standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, with diabetes and stroke.
“These certifications exemplify the high disease-specific standards of care we have established, and it validates that our internal services support these standards of excellence,” says Ann Moore, System Director of Diabetes and Wound Care Programs, PPH. “Obtaining Joint Commission certification in diabetes is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
In addition to becoming the only hospital in San Diego to achieve certification for inpatient diabetes, both hospitals obtained Joint Commissions certification in stroke care for the second time.
“This certification speaks to the commitment we have in delivering high quality care to the communities we serve,” says Barbara Buesch, stroke program coordinator, PPH. “It’s our goal to continually meet national standards and strive for excellence each time we treat a patient.”
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.
“In achieving Joint Commission certification, hospitals at Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) have demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with inpatient diabetes and stroke,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend PPH for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the communities it serves.”
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. 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.