Aspirus Langlade Hospital awarded Critical Access Hospital Accreditation

Aspirus Langlade Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Aspirus Langlade underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review last fall and results confirming the accreditation were recently shared with leaders.

“This accreditation is the direct result of the dedication and commitment of our clinicians and staff to our mission and our ability to provide high-quality services,” said Sherry Bunten, President, Aspirus Northeast WI Division. “We have worked hard to establish a culture of continuous improvement for the benefit of our patients as we strive to meet the changing needs of our community.”

During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Critical Access Hospital standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“The Joint Commission works with health care organizations across settings to help improve patient safety and quality of care through our expert resources and tools, innovative solutions and rigorous standards,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Aspirus Langlade for its commitment to advance safety and quality for all patients.”

Aspirus Langlade has been serving the community since 1933 and was first accredited by the Joint Commission in 1969. Conducted every three years, this reaccreditation is the 18th consecutive time Aspirus Langlade has successfully completed this important process.

CAH designation is given to eligible rural hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Aspirus Langlade’s CAH designation is designed to improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities.