St. Gabriel’s Hospital and UFH affiliates receive accreditation from Joint Commission

St. Gabriel’s Hospital and its Unity Family Healthcare (UFH) affiliates — Family Medical Center, Little Falls Orthopedics and St. Gabriel’s Home Health and Hospice — have achieved 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 St. Gabriel’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

St. Gabriel’s Hospital and its affiliates underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in December. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the organization 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, St. Gabriel’s Hospital and its affiliates have demonstrated their commitment to the highest level of care for their patients,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Family Medical Center, Little Falls Orthopedics and St. Gabriel’s Home Health and Hospice for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate their standard of care and instill confidence in the people they serve,” he said.

Unity Family Healthcare President and CEO Chad Cooper said achieving accreditation was one of the organization’s top priorities.

“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. This accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Cooper.

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.

“We share with the Joint Commission the goal of continuously improving health care for the public and providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value,” said Cooper. “Our board, medical staff and employees share in this responsibility and we are extremely pleased to have earned this distinction.”

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. It also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. 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.jointcommis