Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC) announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s
Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with
its 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.
Lake Huron Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey
in October. During the review, a team of Joint Commission 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.
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 daily 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 Lake Huron Medical Center for its efforts
to become a quality improvement organization.”
“Lake Huron Medical Center is pleased to receive accreditation from
The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and
accrediting body in the nation,” added Rebekah Smith, RN, Chief
Executive Officer, Lake Huron Medical Center. “The dedication and
collaboration from staff across the organization, from all areas of our
hospital to earn this accreditation is a true testament to Lake Huron
Medical Center’s commitment to providing the highest quality care
to our patients and community.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation
with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.
The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus
to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.