Remedies accredited for substance abuse treatment

Staff Report

Remedies Renewing Lives, 516 Green St., Rockford, 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 substance abuse treatment.

The accreditation award recognizes Remedies Renewing Lives’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Remedies Renewing Lives has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve,” said Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, behavioral health care accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Substance abuse treatment accreditation is a voluntary process, and I commend Remedies Renewing Lives for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Gary Halbach, president/CEO of Remedies, said: “With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission accreditation for our organization is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

For more about Remedies or how to get involved, contact Karen Gill at (815) 966-1285 or e-mail her at

From the Sept. 19-25, 2012, issue

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