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NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA AWARDED GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

Naval Hospital Pensacola recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting optional standards demonstrating a commitment to patient-centered care.

Story by Jason Bortz
Naval Hospital Pensacola

(PENSACOLA, Fla. – Oct. 16, 2018) – Naval Hospital Pensacola has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification.

The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting optional standards demonstrating a commitment to patient-centered care. PCMH Certification is a special add-on option for Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory health care organizations.

Naval Hospital Pensacola underwent a rigorous onsite survey in July 2018. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors with expertise in ambulatory health care, behavioral health and primary care evaluated compliance with standards related to a variety of areas including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, management of medications and patient education and training.

The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. Today, the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program serves 2,100 ambulatory care providers with more than 8,500 sites of care, which serve more than 83 million patients annually. Organizations accredited in behavior health provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability and/or child-welfare related needs.

In addition, PCMH Certification provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes needed to improve patient access to care. It also encourages these organizations to focus on educating patients and showing them how to self-manage their illness or condition.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Pearl Darling, MBA, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Naval Hospital Pensacola and its staff for achieving this pinnacle and for demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care. Thank you for your commitment to patient safety.”
The Joint Commission’s 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.

“We are very proud to receive accreditation and certification from The Joint Commission,” said Capt. Amy Branstetter, commanding officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola. “Our staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that will improve the quality and safety of the care we provide for our patients.”

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