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Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Awarded Gold Seal Accreditation From The Joint Commission - 11/15/2012

Johns Hopkins Home Care Group Awarded Gold Seal Accreditation From The Joint Commission

Release Date: November 15, 2012
The Joint Commission Seal

Once again, the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The accreditation award recognizes Johns Hopkins Home Care Group’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state of the art standards.

Johns Hopkins Home Care Group underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey from The Joint Commission from November 12-14, 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors visited patients in their homes and evaluated Johns Hopkins Home Care Group for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management, Infusion Pharmacy USP797 compliance and CMS Medicare Quality Supplier Standards for Durable Medical Equipment.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program accredits more than 5,600 organizations. The Joint Commission’s standards address the home care organization’s performance in specific areas, and specify requirements to ensure that patient care and services are provided in a safe manner. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers and researchers, as well as measurement experts, purchasers and consumers.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, The Johns Hopkins Home Care Group has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Margherita Labson, R.N., executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Johns Hopkins Home Care Group for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality and safety on a day-to-day basis from the top down. As we celebrate this December, twenty years of being honored to serve the Maryland community, we renew our commitment to The Joint Commission accreditation which provides us a framework to continue to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Daniel Smith, president and CEO. “Continuing to achieve Joint Commission accreditation with no findings for improvement during the past two surveys, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide, stated Mary Myers, vice president and chief operating officer. We are very proud of The Joint Commission’s recognition once again, of our leadership team and home care staff providing the excellent care that one expects from a Johns Hopkins organization.

Johns Hopkins Home Care Group is a nonprofit organization owned by Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University.  Johns Hopkins Home Care Group offers a broad range of home based services and products for adults and a pediatric specialized home care program for children throughout Central Maryland.  In addition to home care visits by nurses, respiratory therapists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, home health aides and social workers, Hopkins provides a complete line of respiratory and home medical equipment and supplies, home infusion therapy, private skilled nursing, personal care and support services and management of the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacies. The organization is comprised of approximately 650 dedicated home care and pharmacy specialists and receives very high rankings in patient satisfaction from independent surveys performed by the Press Ganey organization. For information please call 410-288-8000 or visit www.hopkinshomecare.org.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks 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. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

For the Media

Media Contact:
Susan Martin, Senior Director
Business Development and Marketing
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group
410-288-8003
martin-susan@jhmi.edu

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