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Aspirus Medford Hospital awarded hospital accreditation from The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission - Gold Seal of Approval

Aspirus Medford Hospital announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Aspirus Medford Hospital has been Joint Commission accredited without interruption since 1965. 

Aspirus Medford Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in May 2018. 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, record of care, human resources, information management, structure safety, medical staff, care and services to patients, nursing, process improvement, testing, transplant safety, patient rights and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews as part of this process. 

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. Accreditation from The Joint Commission is awarded for a three-year period. 

The Joint Commission also granted accreditation to Aspirus Pharmacy – Medford for its durable medical equipment. The Joint Commission accreditation award excludes skilled nursing and nursing home services. Aspirus Medford Hospital’s diverse range of Senior Care Services options are surveyed by the State of Wisconsin.

“Joint Commission 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 Mark G. Pelletier, RN, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Aspirus Medford Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“Aspirus Medford Hospital is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Nicky Kollmansberger, director of Quality at Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics. “At Aspirus Medford Hospital, we are committed to patient safety and to providing quality care. We view holding Joint Commission accreditation as a key component in maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework for fostering a culture of excellence.” 

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.