Joint Commission Awards
2012 Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
The Pilla Heart Center has received advanced certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) from The Joint Commission.
2012 Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care
Abington Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission Health Care Services Certification for its Palliative Care Program. The certification award recognizes Abington’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
“The Palliative Care Service is a vital component of the services our hospital provides in supporting patients and their families during some of life’s most difficult moments,” said John J. Kelly, M.D., chief of staff and chief patient safety officer, Abington Memorial Hospital. “Hard work, performed daily every year by the Palliative Care team, was the foundation for this achievement.”
2011 Joint Commission Gold Seal for Heart Failure Program
AMH has earned The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Comprehensive Heart Failure Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Abington’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey to achieve certification. Joint Commission surveyors evaluated compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
2010 Joint Commission Gold Seal for Stroke Center
By demonstrating excellence in its Stroke Program, AMH was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval and has achieved Disease-Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Abington's Stroke Center (now the Diamond Stroke Center) is the first in Pennsylvania to earn this designation.
The determining factors for a program earning a Gold Seal of Approval are based upon the following: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of established clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Originally certified by the Joint Commission in 2004, Abington's Stroke Center received Gold Seal recertification in 2008 and 2010. The Certification is valid for two years.