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WCA HOSPITAL AWARDED GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL™ FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

Joint Commission

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, September 8, 2009) - WCA Hospital, the region's healthcare leader, today announced that it has retained its accredited standing following an extensive on-site review of the hospital's systems and procedures by The Joint Commission.  By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, WCA Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™.

The Joint Commission accreditation means WCA Hospital has met the highest quality national standards for acute care hospitals.  Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission's on-site survey of WCA Hospital occurred in May of 2009.

"The accreditation validates our on-going commitment to excellence in quality care," said Mrs. Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  "By participating in the voluntary accreditation process, a hospital agrees to be measured against national standards set by health care professionals.  Our Gold Seal of Approval™ is one more tool in assuring our patients that they are receiving top-rated care from a hospital who strives for continual excellence in health care quality and safety."

To achieve The Joint Commission accreditation, a health care organization undergoes an on-site evaluation, known as a survey.  A team of surveyors meets with WCA Hospital personnel, and recipients of care, observes the delivery of care, and reviews systems and processes to assess the organization's compliance with standards.

"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, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "The community should be proud that WCA Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal -- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, The Joint Commission has maintained state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations. The Joint Commission's comprehensive process evaluates an organization's compliance with these standards and other accreditation or certification requirements. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. (Laboratories must be surveyed every two years.)

WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Mrs. Wright called the accreditation, "proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an on-going basis."

 
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