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SH Hospital Earns Award for Palliative Care

Posted on 13 September 2013

Southampton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its palliative care program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in palliative care. The certification award recognizes the hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review on July 30, and was evaluated for compliance with The Joint Commission’s palliative care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.  Palliative care addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice. The Advanced Certification standards focus on patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness.

“In achieving Joint Commission’s advanced certification, Southampton Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for patients with serious illness,” says Michele Sacco, MS, executive director, Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Southampton Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission advanced certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission certification provides a framework for us to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Robert Chaloner, Hospital President & CEO.  “Achieving Joint Commission advanced certification for palliative care is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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