The Joint Commission (JC), the nation’s premier health care quality improvement and accreditation organization, has granted the Gold Seal of Approval to Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County.
The Gold Seal of Approval is the symbol of quality that reflects the organization’s commitment to provide safe and efficient care. Additionally, the accreditation certifies Hospice’s Community-Based Palliative Care Program.
National accreditations are not easy to achieve and Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County successfully completed a rigorous onsite visit from JC surveyors. Areas evaluated during the survey included the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership. Also, the accreditation process included education and guidance regarding how to improve its home care program performance.
Margherita Labson, RN, Executive Director for the JC accreditation program, gave Hospice and HomeCare high marks for achieving a new level of excellence. “Accreditation by the Joint Commission serves as an indication that Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County has demonstrated compliance to these recognized standards of safe and quality care,” Labson said.
Darla Wilson, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County summed up her thoughts on the organization she leads. “Our staff at Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County continually work together to strengthen the continuum of care and to deliver and maintain optimal home care services for those in our community,” Wilson said.
Since 1988, the Joint Commission has served as a certification agency for more than 6,000 healthcare organizations nationwide.
The Gold Seal of Approval is additional reaffirmation to favorable comments I receive in travels throughout the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System (HRHS) service area. Speaking for the executive team, I want to say “congratulations and keep up the good work.”