Ottumwa Regional Health Center awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Ottumwa, Iowa – 8-5-2019 – Ottumwa Regional health Center (ORHC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) and Measures of Success (MOS) 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.

ORHC underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in April of this year. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

“I am so proud to work with the health care professionals here at ORHC,” says hospital CEO Phil Noel. “The community can be assured that we make quality and safety our primary focus each and every day. We are in a continuous state of readiness for our next patient.”

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.

“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 Ottumwa Regional Health Center for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.