Saint Joseph East hospital earns high honor for standard of care


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Kentucky hospital has earned a high honor for its standard of patient care.

Saint Joseph East says it has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease Specific Care in Sepsis Certification.

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The Joint Commission is a non-profit that accredits health care organizations.

The hospital says Joint Commission experts were onsite to evaluate compliance with national disease-specific care standards, as well as with sepsis-specific requirements.

“Saint Joseph East is pleased to receive Disease Specific Care Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Dan Goulson, MD, chief medical officer, CHI Saint Joseph Health. “Certification by The Joint Commission illustrates our commitment to a culture of excellence in serving our patients and community.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification® was established in 2002 and is awarded for a two-year period. The first certification was given in 2013.

The program evaluates clinical programs and addresses three areas: compliance with national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement.

“This certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Joseph East for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its sepsis program structure and management framework.”