Lake Huron Medical Center has recently earned Joint Commission's Advanced
Disease-Specific Care Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care. Earning
accreditation or certification from Joint Commission signifies many things,
with none larger than a devotion to patient safety.
The independent Joint Commission accredits and certifies health care organizations
and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and
certification is recognized nationwide as reflecting an organization’s
commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant
investment in quality on a day-to-day basis,” commented Dr. Sushma
Reddy, Director of Population Health. “Achieving Joint Commission
certification, for our organization is a major step toward maintaining
excellence and continually improving the care we provide, especially to
patients with elevated blood glucose levels”
To achieve the certification, Lake Huron Medical Center underwent a rigorous
on-site review in late June. The program was evaluated upon Joint Commission's
Disease Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as
inpatient diabetes care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines
and performance measures. The inpatient diabetes certification program
is based on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Medical Care.
"With Joint Commission advanced certification, we are making a significant
investment in quality on a day-to-day basis," said Rebekah Smith,
RN, Chief Executive Officer, Lake Huron Medical Center. "This certification
provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and
helps create a culture of excellence."
Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care,
developed in conjunction with the ADA, provides standards related to:
Staff education requirements
Written blood glucose monitoring protocols
Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia
Patient education on self-management of diabetes
For more information on the programs and events at Lake Huron Medical Center,