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Joint Commission awards Crusader accreditation

December 14, 2011

Staff Report

Crusader Community Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations.

The accreditation award recognizes Crusader’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Crusader has received accreditation since 1999.

Crusader Community Health underwent a rigorous, unannounced, on-site survey in September 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Crusader for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Since 1975, The Joint Commission has developed state-of-the-art standards for outpatient ambulatory care organizations. Nearly 1,900 free-standing ambulatory care organizations maintain Joint Commission accreditation.

Michael Kulczycki, executive director of the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program for The Joint Commission, said: “Organizations that strive for accreditation in ambulatory care from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to quality and safety to their patients, staff and their community. I commend Crusader Community Health for successfully achieving this pinnacle and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.”

Gordon Eggers Jr., president & CEO of Crusader Community Health, said: “We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safe, high-quality patient care. Achieving accreditation from The Joint Commission is a team effort that will bring confidence to our patients and give us a framework to provide the best care possible.”

Crusader Community Health is a community-based, not-for-profit, Illinois corporation, whose mission is to serve the Rock River Valley area with quality, primary health care for people in need. Services are available on a sliding discount basis.

Crusader Community Health has four locations: Crusader Community Health on West State Street, 1200 W. State St.; Crusader Community Health on Broadway-Uram Building, Broadway and Seventh; Crusader Community Health Belvidere, 1050 Logan Ave., Belvidere; and Crusader Community Health Loves Park, 6115 N. Second St., Loves Park. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 490-1600, or for more about Crusader Community Health, visit www.crusaderhealth.org.

The Joint Commission’s ambulatory care standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of an ambulatory care organization. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients. 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.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2011, issue

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