EyeHealth Northwest has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations. The accreditation award recognizes EyeHealth Northwest’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
EyeHealth Northwest underwent a rigorous on-site survey in June 2014. A Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated EyeHealth Northwest Eastside Surgery Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management and other safety standards.
Since 1975, The Joint Commission has developed state-of-the-art standards for outpatient ambulatory care organizations. Nearly 1,900 freestanding ambulatory care organizations maintain Joint Commission accreditation.
“Organizations that strive for accreditation in ambulatory care from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to quality and safety to their patients, staff and their community,” says Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “I commend EyeHealth Northwest for successfully achieving this pinnacle and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.”
“We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safe, high quality patient care. Achieving accreditation from The Joint Commission is a team effort that will bring confidence to our patients and give us a framework to provide the best care possible,” says Cherie Shevlin, ASC Director.
The Joint Commission’s ambulatory care standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of an ambulatory care organization. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
EyeHealth Northwest represents a team of eye care specialists dedicated to preserving a lifetime of vision. Serving our community since 1954, EyeHealth Northwest has experts providing personalized service in routine checkups for glasses to the most complication surgical procedures. Our goal at EyeHealth Northwest is to give our patients the best in eye care. Learn more about our services and surgeons at www.eyehealthnw.com or call us at 503-557-2020.