Belmont Community Hospital Earns The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
July 13, 2012
BELLAIRE, Ohio – Belmont Community Hospital (BCH), a division of Wheeling Hospital, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
The accreditation award recognizes BCH’s dedication to continuous compliance with the commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
The hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in February. A team of commission expert surveyors evaluated BCH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Belmont Community Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Belmont Community Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
John DeBlasis, BCH senior administrator, said, "With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. The commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.
“This achievement validates the effort by our employees in keeping the care of the patient and the organization in the forefront at all times during their workday.”
The commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
Founded in 1951, the commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S., including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.
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Displaying Belmont Community Hospital’s Gold Seal of Approval plaque issued by The Joint Commission are, from left: Senior Administrator John DeBlasis; Pam McVey, RN; Elizabeth Picicco, nursing assistant; and Jerry Riggs, maintenance/plant operations. They represent all of the hospital’s employees who worked to ensure their facility earned the honor.