For four days, from June 22-25, assessors performed a rigorous examination of SHS’ clinics and services, checking for adherence to quality standards and regulations. They interviewed SHS associates, providers and patients; observed patients as they were treated; and reviewed medical records and policies.
The assessors even looked into closets and cabinets, checking for proper inventories and correctly functioning devices.
It might be an understatement to say that the assessors were thorough and demanding.
But that challenge, an independent assessment of our commitment to excellence in care at all locations, is just what SHS wanted. And it was exactly what SHS associates have spent months preparing for — the chance to demonstrate our every day commitment to quality care.
The Joint Commission provides accreditation to facilities with high quality patient care, assessing the delivery of care, policies and practices, and adherence to safety and quality standards. An estimated 2,100 organizations maintain this accreditation, which is awarded for a three-year period.
SHS first received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval more than 20 years ago. After initial accreditation is granted, SHS is revisited every three years to make sure standards are still being met. These ongoing visits give patients assurance that SHS continues to perform at its highest levels.