Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center again earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hospital accreditation for the following three years.

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs nationwide. According to the commission’s website, the Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality reflecting commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The Gold Seal of Approval resulted from an unannounced three-day onsite evaluation of compliance in all areas of clinical care, including infection prevention, patient safety and quality outcomes for patients, by a commission review team.

“The Joint Commission is widely regarded as the nation’s leading standards-setting and accrediting organization in health care,” said Chad Brown, president of Wilkes Medical Center. “The renewing of this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement and the delivery of safe, high quality care to each one of our patients and their families.

Brown added, “Unlike many of the surveys and report cards that come out from time to time, Joint Commission surveyors physically show up at our door and examine virtually every aspect of the hospital, from observing and interviewing staff to following patients through the course of their visits to checking the inspection and maintenance records for equipment and ventilation and fire suppression systems.”

A press release said the commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients and are based on the latest scientific literature, best practices and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

The commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with them to make corrections as quickly and sustainably as possible, said Mark Pelletier, R.N., the commission’s chief operating officer of accreditation and certification operations and chief nursing executive.

“We commend Wilkes Medical Center for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care,” Pelletier said.

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