KING CITY – Mee Memorial Hospital has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The three year accreditation is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“Mee Memorial Hospital is pleased to receive this recognition from our nation’s premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body,” Susan Childers, CEO, said. “This was a joint effort. Staff from across the organization continually work as a team to develop and implement best practices to improve care for the patients in our community. We thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”

Mee Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in November of 2016. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“The accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Denise Miller, Risk Manager and Quality Assurance Director. “This accreditation also helps our hospital enhance our risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend our staff and all of those who are dedicated to improving our organization’s standards of quality.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.