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LMHC Awarded Joint Commission's Advanced Disease - Specific Care Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care

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  • Written By: Lisa Montross

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

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