The following is a news release from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™.
Continuously accredited since 1962, Memorial is recognized for its dedication to complying with The Joint Commission's standards for continuously improving the safety and quality of healthcare. Memorial's commendation was made following an unannounced, on-site survey in late August.
"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in a hospital'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 Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal—to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."
Larry Graham, FACHE, President and CEO of Memorial, spoke of his pride in a staff whose members ask what needs to be done to be accredited by The Joint Commission. "Staff involvement is essential to maintaining continuous standards compliance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as well as demonstrating that compliance during the unannounced on-site survey," Graham explained. "In addition, our staff members appreciate the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors and are proud to demonstrate the level of care they provide."
Graham called the accreditation, "proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis."