Sandhills Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its heart failure program, making it one of nine hospitals in North Carolina to have earned this certification.
The certification award recognizes Sandhills Regional’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
“We are pleased to announce we have certification in heart failure by the Joint Commission,” said Mike McNair, chief executive officer of Sandhills Regional Medical Center. “With this certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. This achievement provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.”
“Consumers are looking for ways to sift through health care providers to identify those that offer the highest quality of services,” said Kim Puckett, a registered nurse and core measures coordinator, who led the certification project at Sandhills Regional.
“This certification serves as a distinction for us in congestive heart failure,” she said. “We continue to be the premier provider of health care in Richmond County.”
“Although there is no cure for heart failure, the proper treatment program can allow patients to lead full lives,” said Jean Range, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification of The Joint Commission. “The Joint Commission’s certification program helps health care organizations focus on the care processes that produce the best outcomes for heart failure patients and give patients with heart failure confidence that these health care organizations are committed to quality care.”
Just last fall, The Joint Commission named Sandhills Regional as one of the nation’s top performers in congestive heart failure, putting the hospital in the top 14 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals at that time.
What these awards prove is that Sandhills Regional is demonstrating a systematic approach to care delivery and a commitment to performance improvement through ongoing data collection and analysis, McNair said. The discipline and self-assessment inherent in meeting these requirements creates a road map to improving patient care quality.
“Achieving certification in heart failure is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” Puckett said.
About Sandhills Regional
Sandhills Regional Medical Center, formerly Hamlet Hospital, was the first hospital in Richmond County. Owned by Health Management Associates of Naples, Fla., it is a 64-bed facility and has provided uninterrupted health care since 1915.
About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. It seeks to 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.