The Coastal Wave
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Coastal Health & Wellness awarded Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission
Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with its nationally recognized standards.
The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects CHW’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
CHW underwent an unannounced onsite survey on April 26.
During the review, compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas including coordination of care, infection prevention and control, management of medications and patient education and training were evaluated.
“Coastal Health & Wellness is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission,” said Kathy Barroso, interim CHW executive director. “Staff have worked diligently on training and have worked together to develop and implement processes that will provide quality care to our community.”
The Joint Commission survey serves as an independent audit of CHW’s commitment to continuous quality improvement.
Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities.
“We commend Coastal Health & Wellness and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.
“Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care,” Kulczycki continued. “Thank you for your commitment to patient safety and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you.”
The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care 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 organizations measure, assess and improve performance.
CHW’s Texas City and Galveston clinics suspended performing dental and medical procedures that required sterilization of instruments in February following an accreditation site review by The Joint Commission earlier that month. Site review findings identified breaches in infection control related to some dental and medical procedures.
The Joint Commission’s visit last month was a follow-up visit to its site review in February.
“We understand that for many of our residents, Coastal Health & Wellness is the only health care option,” Barroso said. “We don’t take that responsibility lightly. Staff are committed to maintaining care processes for patients that are safe and that meet high quality standards.”