Hutcheson Medical Center Outperforms Joint Commission Resources Mock Survey

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Executive leadership with Hutcheson Medical Center announced the hospital received an score of 95% in its recent Joint Commission Resources mock survey.

The Joint Commission is the primary accreditation organization of hospitals and health care systems in the United States, and accreditation through Joint Commission is a condition of participation in the Medicare and Medicaid systems.

As Joint Commission surveys occur every three years, many hospitals work with Joint Commission’s affiliate, Joint Commission Resources, in preparation of the unscheduled audit.  Joint Commission Resources evaluated the hospital’s performance via an unscheduled audit, in which the hospital performed well above the standards required for accreditation.

“A mock survey by Joint Commission Resources is just as real as if Joint Commission showed up on our doorsteps,” said Cindy Hoggard, Hutcheson’s chief nursing officer, who added that the surveyors arrived unannounced and evaluated major aspects of the hospital, including infection control, medication management, patient safety, and quality of care.  “It is certainly no surprise to me that the survey outcome was so favorable, but it is always good to have the experts validate what we already know, which is the level of patient care at Hutcheson is outstanding.”

In its report, Joint Commission Resources said that Hutcheson “successfully achieved a high score in accountability measures of quality care.”  The report also noted that Hutcheson’s score of 95% exceeded the minimum required score for accreditation of 85%, and that “achieving a 95% composite score indicates safe quality care is being delivered at Hutcheson Medical Center.”


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