News & Announcements

Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Horizon Healthcare, & FMH Home Health Awarded Accreditation From the Joint Commission

2/3/2015

Fairfield Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D., announced today that FMH, Horizon Healthcare, & FMH Home Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation & Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

FMH & Horizon Healthcare recently underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.   Also, during the survey, FMH Home Health was specifically evaluated on their compliance with home care standards reflecting key organization areas, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership. The accreditation process also provided FMH Home Health with education and guidance to help staff continue to improve its home care program’s performance.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program. Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation program supports the efforts of its accredited organizations to help deliver safe, high quality care and services. More than 6,000 home care programs currently maintain accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, by The Joint Commission.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend leaders and staff of Fairfield Memorial Hospital and Horizon Healthcare for their efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“FMH is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Katherine Bunting- Williams, Ph.D., FMH CEO. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

"When individuals engage a home care provider they want to be sure that provider is capable of providing safe, quality care,” said Margherita Labson, RN, M.S., executive director, Home Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “As the home care setting becomes increasingly popular, it is important that home care providers are able to demonstrate that they are capable of providing safe, high quality care.  Accreditation by The Joint Commission and the gold seal serve as an indication that the organization has demonstrated compliance to these recognized standards of safe and quality care.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital and home care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.  

Pictured is Katherine Bunting-Williams, Ph.D., FMH CEO with the certificate indicating the achievement of accreditation from The Joint Commission, and because of this achievement FMH was presented to The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality and safety.