WMC awarded full accreditation from The Joint Commission
Once again, Winneshiek Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® following an unannounced survey in August.
“Accreditation demonstrates success in meeting The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals,” says Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center. “Nationally, approximately one-third of Critical Access Hospitals seek accreditation from The Joint Commission. Winneshiek Medical Center has committed to meeting the Joint Commission’s high standards so our patients and community know we are a safe facility that provides quality health care.”
A team of seven Joint Commission surveyors evaluated WMC over four days for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients. Accreditation covers all WMC hospital services, Decorah, Ossian and Mabel Clinics, Rehab outreach clinics, the Sleep Lab, Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME).
Radtke says, “Through our staff’s dedication to our mission, vision and values, daily improvement processes, and a focus on the needs of our patients, WMC experienced, in the words of the lead surveyor, an ‘outstanding survey.’ Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is affirmation of the work our team does on a daily bases to maintain excellence and continually improve the care we provide.”