Joint Commission accredits JHQVAMC

Published 5:43 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2023

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MOUNTAIN HOME — Surveyors with The Joint Commission, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that accredits health care organizations and programs around the world, again accredited James H. Quillen VA Medical Center following a survey Feb. 7-10 to review programs and operations.
The unannounced survey included hospital, behavioral health, and home care components as part of a triennial review of the medical center. Documentation, process reviews, and action plans to show evidence of standards compliance were discussed while the team was on-site.
As part of the survey, findings are categorized as high, moderate and low as it pertains to the likelihood of harm to a patient or visitor at a medical center. The surveyors found no high-risk issues and only minimal at the moderate and low-risk levels, with no findings of widespread issues.
Dr. Harold Dillon, Chief of Staff, JHQVAMC, said in comparison to 49 other facilities The Joint Commission surveyed in 2022, JHQVAMC had only 17 hospital findings while the average is 39.1. Multiple areas surveyed had zero findings which, in a survey of this complexity, is remarkable, he said.
“The surveyors were highly complementary of the facility and staff, commenting on the culture of safety and commitment to quality that was evident throughout,” said Dillon. “Surveyors noted the staff were passionate, knowledgeable, engaged, and driven toward improvement. The team lead stated this was one of the best VA facilities she has seen.”
Surveyors facilitated discussions with leaders at the medical center to understand roles related to organization-wide processes and functions. They explored both successful and less successful initiative and wanted to hear how leaders view and perceive opportunities, and to learn what they are doing to sustain achievements.
Keith Cretsinger, Accreditation Manager at JHQVAMC, said the survey was impressive.
“Our Joint Commission Survey went extremely well, and this is all due to the exceptional staff we have here,” said Cretsinger. “Our staff truly take pride in their work to care for Veterans and the survey results is a true testament to that.”
Medical Center Director Dean B. Borsos echoed the high accolades for staff at JHQVAMC.
“We are very proud of these results and to once again gain full accreditation following an intensive survey,” said Medical Center Director Dean B. Borsos. “These outstanding results reflect the hard work, compassion, and dedication of our incredible staff in caring for Veterans throughout this region.”

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