News | Published September 28, 2010

Medical Center Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Mount Nittany Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patients’ safety and quality care,” said Gail Miller, RN, MS, CPHQ. “Obtaining Joint Commission accreditation is another step toward achieving excellence.”

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of the Medical Center. The four-member survey team concluded its three-day survey on April 28, assessing more than 1,000 elements of performance.

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

Miller spoke of her pride in the staff of Mount Nittany Medical Center and their desire to continually meet and exceed the voluntary accreditation standards of The Joint Commission.

“They appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors,” said Miller, calling the accreditation, "proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis."

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.