Published on January 03, 2012
Community Hospital awarded certification for advanced diabetes care
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its advanced inpatient diabetes care, one of only six hospitals in California and 41 in the nation to achieve the distinction.
“The incidence of diabetes is growing at an alarming rate here and across the country,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “This certification demonstrates Community Hospital’s commitment to excellence in providing care to patients who have this disease or may be at risk for it.”
To achieve certification, Community Hospital clinical staff worked for more than a year to develop and implement a program that includes diabetes education for staff and patients and their families; protocols for monitoring blood glucose and treating abnormally high or low levels; and collecting related data. An inpatient diabetes coordinator was appointed to oversee the program.
In December, Community Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading healthcare accreditation organization, which evaluated compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Community Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes," says Jean Range, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification for the Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Community Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
The Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, has requirements in three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Community Hospital has also achieved certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke program.
“The extensive protocols developed for certification are designed to lead to better outcomes for patients,” Packer says. “Joint Commission certification is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/