VA Western New York Healthcare System
VA WESTERN NEW YORK HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AWARDED
July 10, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753
Cell: (716) 512-9338
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Date) – VA Western New York Healthcare System today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital, Home Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditations. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards and to providing safe and effective patient care.
VA Western New York Healthcare System underwent a rigorous onsite survey on
March 6-9, 2018. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with a multitude of standards related to leadership, patient safety, quality, emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention, medication management, coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, patient education and training, how effectively the primary care clinician and the interdisciplinary team work in partnership with patients to provide comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered care.
The Joint Commission 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, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend VA Western New York Healthcare System for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”
“VA Western New York Healthcare System is delighted to receive full accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Michael J. Swartz, Interim Healthcare System Director. “Staff from across the health care system continue to work together implementing approaches having the potential to improve care for veterans in our community.”
The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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.jointcommission.org.