We are very excited to announce that Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center and Southeast Radiation Oncology Center have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally-recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
In order to achieve accreditation, both of our centers underwent rigorous, on-site surveys in August, 2014. During the surveys, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with ambulatory care 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.
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. An estimated 2,100 organizations currently maintain Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, awarded for a three-year period.
“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 Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center and Southeast Radiation Oncology Center for their efforts to become quality improvement organizations, and achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”
"We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added John Halligan, M.D., Medical Director of Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center. “The staff of both centers continues to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for cancer patients in our communities.” Eugene Huang, M.D., Medical Director of Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, added “Our collective teams are dedicated to meeting the highest standards of quality care. The accreditation from The Joint Commission is an important indicator of that commitment, and we are proud and pleased to display the Gold Seal of Approval®.”
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.