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Date:
5/1/2009
Title:
Sacred Heart Hospital Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2009
Contact: Lauren Fetterman
610.776.4590 / lfetterm@shh.org

Sacred Heart Hospital
Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

ALLENTOWN – By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, Sacred Heart Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patients’ safety and quality care,” says Patricia Matula, Vice President of Nursing at Sacred Heart Hospital. “We view obtaining The Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence.”

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that Sacred Heart Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal – to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of Sacred Heart Hospital February 2 – February 6, 2009. The accreditation award recognizes Sacred Heart Hospital’s dedication to complying with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis. The accreditation award is for hospital and home care only.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S., including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory, and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of 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.

Sacred Heart Hospital is a 233-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from acute rehabilitation to bariatric services to adult psychiatric services. A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.