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MHHS Earns Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Posted on February 22, 2018

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System Administration holding certificate awarded by the Joint Commission

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with the organization’s performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

The designation represents a three-year renewal of accreditation for MHHS by The Joint Commission, which has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission. 

In order to qualify for the designation, Morristown-Hamblen underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey by The Joint Commission. During the review, a team of expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

 “Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System is pleased to be accredited again by The Joint Commission, which the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Gordon Lintz, President and CAO of MHHS. “I appreciate the dedication of our employees and physicians in maintaining the high standards required for renewing our accreditation. We are committed to providing excellent care for our patients and our community, and we are working together in many innovative ways to assure that Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System is the best it can be.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are designed to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

 “Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas, from . . . staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer of The Joint Commission’s Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations. “We commend Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System for its efforts as a quality improvement organization.” 

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