PHC Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation
By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Peninsula Hospital Center, affiliate of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, has once again earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval. "We seek Joint Commission accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care," said Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as a necessity in achieving excellence."
"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care," says Darlene Christiansen, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. "The community should be very proud that Peninsula Hospital Center is focusing on the most challenging goal—to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."
The Joint Commission recently conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of Peninsula Hospital Center. This most recent accreditation award recognizes Peninsula Hospital Center's dedication to complying with the Joint Commission's state-of-theart standards on a continuous basis.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of 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.