Affordable care should not be second-class care and at Community Health Centers, Inc. it’s the best care available in Utah. Community Health Centers, Inc. is committed to providing the highest quality care and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission)—an independent, not-for-profit organization, and the nation’s predominant standards setting and accrediting body in health care. CHC has been awarded their “Gold Seal” of approval. Our most recent three-year accreditation renewal occurred February 7, 2013.
What does that mean to you?
The Gold Standard for Quality in Health Care
What is accreditation?
Accreditation means that our outpatient facilities have volunteered to undergo a challenging, comprehensive evaluation. We have made a significant extra effort to review and improve the key factors that can affect the quality and safety of your care.
Accreditation by Joint Commission is considered the Gold Standard in health care. Hospitals have been evaluated by Joint Commission for more than 50 years. Our facilities are accredited just as the hospitals in your community are accredited.
Doctors and nurses from Joint Commission personally visited our facilities to conduct a review and looked at how well our facilities:
- Provide a safe environment for your care
- Educate you about the risks and options for diagnosis and treatment
- Protect your rights as a patient, including your right to confidentiality
- Evaluate your condition, before, during and after diagnosis and treatment
- Protect you against infection
- Plan for emergency situations
The fact that our facilities have gone through this evaluation shows CHC’s extraordinary commitment to provide safe, high quality care and a willingness to be measured against the highest standards of performance.
How does an organization become Joint Commission accredited?
Joint Commission accreditation is voluntary. To prepare for its review, Community Health Centers, Inc. made a commitment to improvement, and put teams together to look carefully at what it could do better to ensure safety and quality of care. Next, Joint Commission surveyors were invited to our facilities for an intense on-site review. Then each of our facilities received a report identifying its strengths, and outlining what it could improve.
How often does the Joint Commission review and accredit health care organizations?
Every three years the Joint Commission reviews and updates the status of the organization’s accreditation. Community Health Centers, Inc. has been accredited since 2004. In 2013 CHC was re-accredited by the Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program. In addition, CHC achieved Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification at that time. CHC is one of only 55 organizations in the U.S. to earn this distinction by the Joint Commission.
Only a small percentage of outpatient settings have gone through this kind of evaluation. Congratulations on choosing an accredited facility operated by Community Health Centers, Inc.
Whenever and wherever you receive health care, look for the Joint Commission “gold seal of approval”.
What is Joint Commission?
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of safety and quality of care in all health care settings. Since 1951, Joint Commission accreditation has been recognized within health care as a symbol of quality.
Joint Commission’s governing board includes doctors, nurses, medical directors and consumers. Joint Commission sets the standards that measure health care quality in America and around the world. On a continuing basis, groups of doctors, nurses, and representatives of national health care organizations meet to review the standards for care, and make recommendations for additions and improvements to the requirements.
How can I find out more about accreditation?
For more information on accreditation of health care organizations, visit www.jointcommission.org. To find other accredited health care organizations, look for “Quality Check”.
Joint Commission’s mission – To continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.