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SJMPH Receives Gold Seal of Approval
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Port Huron, MI…By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission’s unannounced, on-site survey of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital occurred November 2010, with formal Accreditation awarded shortly thereafter on November 13, 2010.

“In achieving Joint Commission Accreditation, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” comments Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standards of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“The accreditation award recognizes St. Joseph Mercy’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state of the art standards,” comments Peter Karadjoff, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron president and CEO. “The surveyors not only commented on our patient care and safety standards, but equally important the engagement, quality and professionalism of our staff.”

“Your team has provided great hospitality, been incredibly gracious, have had terrific attitudes and provided open, honest and direct information regarding your patient care process,” commented Mary K. Leonard, RN, one of The Joint Commission Surveyors at the conclusion of the survey. “We have enjoyed our visit and appreciate that your team represents a learning attitude that is very focused on the clinical process.”

In addition, the surveyors specifically commented on the St. Joseph Mercy Medical Staff credentials files and associate competency files. “The Medical Staff credentials and employed staff competency files are well done and represent a strong process,” stated Louis W. Goolsby, MD, a Joint Commission Surveyor at the conclusion of the process. Competency and credentials refer to the processes in place that ensure consistent overview is followed.

Joint Commission surveyors also commented on the organization’s work with health information technology, “Staff are reflecting an excellent job in working with the electronic health record (EHR),” continued Leonard. “In addition, it is clear from our observations that there is a great deal of positive interaction between your medical staff, board of trustees and administration. We have found that this example of strong communication supports excellent patient care.”

“We are extremely proud of our entire staff, medical staff and volunteers for their continued dedication to patient care quality, safety and excellence,” Karadjoff concludes. “Meeting the strict standards set forth by The Joint Commission in attaining Accreditation is just one more example of that dedication and our culture of excellence.”

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. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

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St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH)
Founded in 1954 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, MI, is a 119-bed acute care, community-based hospital providing adult medical/surgical services; emergency care; cancer care; cardiac care; inpatient rehabilitation services, including stroke care; orthopedics and joint replacement; and a vast number of other outpatient testing, health, and medical services. As a not-for-profit hospital, SJMPH reinvests all profits back into the communities we serve, while providing patients with the utmost compassion and care. SJMPH was recently awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission and was provided the “Gold Seal of Approval”. SJMPH’s cancer program was named “best in cancer care” and was the first hospital in St. Clair County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons [2008]. SJMPH is located in St. Clair County and the Thumb Region, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit:
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