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Community Hospital North awarded certification from the Joint Commission

For release on February 09, 2011

Indianapolis, IN--- Community Hospital North has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM as a Primary Stroke Center by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Community Hospital North’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Community Hospital North underwent a rigorous on-site survey on January 21. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Community North for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Community North becomes the second facility at Community Health Network to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center. Community Hospital East received their certification in March, 2008.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Community North has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients who suffer strokes,” said Jean Ranges, M.S., R.N., CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Community North for successfully undertaking the challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in improving our quality at the bedside at every level of care,” said Barb Summers, president of Community Hospital North. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps support our culture of excellence.  Achieving Joint Commission certification in stroke, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About Community Hospital North

Designed by doctors, nurses and patients to deliver the next evolution in health care, Community Hospital North, part of Community Health Network, offers an exceptional patient and family experience. Serving the growing northeast portion of the Indianapolis metropolitan area from its campus at 82nd and Shadeland, Community North's comprehensive services include advanced medical and surgical care, maternity services, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, emergency care, behavioral care, endoscopy and outpatient services. The hospital campus also features The Indiana Heart Hospital, Community Regional Cancer Care, Indiana Surgery Center, Community Spine Center, MedCheck walk-in care center, a freestanding imaging center, several medical office buildings, free parking, a retail pharmacy and a boutique offering specialized health care products.


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