Monday, November 30, 2015
UMC New Orleans Awarded Hospital Accreditation from The Joint Commission
(New Orleans, LA)
University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans 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.
UMC New Orleans underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in early November 2015. 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 on-site observations and interviews.
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, 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.
"On behalf of The Joint Commission, I want to congratulate University Medical Center New Orleans on achieving accreditation," said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "You have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing safe, high quality care to all patients, and I commend you for earning the Gold Seal of Approval."
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.
The Joint Commission
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 accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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.
University Medical Center New Orleans
University Medical Center New Orleans is the academic medical center of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit health system. UMC New Orleans encompasses a 2.3 million square foot campus anchoring the developing biomedical district. With a capacity for 446 beds, including 60 behavioral health beds, UMC New Orleans offers comprehensive primary care and specialty care, cutting edge research and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. As the state’s largest teaching hospital and training facility for many of the state’s physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, UMC New Orleans plays an integral role in shaping the future of healthcare for the region. It serves as a key partner of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.
UMC New Orleans was conceptualized, built and funded by the state of Louisiana. It is leased and managed by LCMC Health, which also manages Children’s Hospital, Touro, New Orleans East Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center.