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September 3, 2019

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Awarded Ambulatory Health Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

 SVCHS underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on May 29 – 31, 2019 for Ambulatory Health Care and for Behavioral Health Care. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with the Ambulatory Health Care and Behavioral Health Care standards spanning several areas such as, emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

 Clinical Director, Jill Talbert, RN, said, “Preparation is an ongoing process for us as we strive to ensure we are always providing quality health care for our patients.”

 “As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

 “This recognition is an accumulation of hard work from the dedicated staff at SVCHS. We take extreme pride in providing safe and quality care to all patients of SVCHS,” said CEO, Bryan Haynes.

Medical Director, Kristin Bresowar, MD, said, “We are very proud of the quality of care the staff at the organization provide and their commitment to the safety goals of the Joint Commission. In order for us to be able to meet the Joint Commission standards we rely on all staff pitching in throughout the calendar year.”

 For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.