2009-09-18 / Community

SJEH Pathology Department Accredited

Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at SJEH, Puangsri Suwankosai, MD, displayed the certificate of accreditation her department received from The Joint Commission. Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at SJEH, Puangsri Suwankosai, MD, displayed the certificate of accreditation her department received from The Joint Commission. St. John's Episcopal Hospital's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine recently received accreditation by The Joint Commission. By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, SJEH has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.

"We continually strive to improve the quality of our services, and meeting The Joint Commission's rigorous national standards is an important recognition of our efforts," says Puangsri Suwankosai, MD, Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at St. John's. The Joint Commission evaluated the performance of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in complying with nearly 300 standards related to quality control, safety, infection control, leadership, management of human resources, management of information, ongoing performance improvement activities and other issues.

Founded in 1952, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation.

"The accreditation process helps promote continuous, systematic and organization wide improvement in health care organizations," says Gina Zimmermann, MS, senior executive director, The Joint Commission.

"Achieving accreditation demonstrates St. John's commitment to providing high quality and safe services."

The Hospital's Department of Pathology administers high-quality, stateof the-art services to serve its patients efficiently and effectively. Services include anatomical pathology, histology, cytology, and clinical pathology including blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, bacteriology, parasitology and virology.

Dr. Suwankosai says efforts to improve don't stop when The Joint Commission survey is over. "Meeting the standards and achieving excellence is a continuous process," she says. "No matter how well we did, we continue to strive to do better tomorrow."

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