Swede’s receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Staff Report

Once again, Rockford’s SwedishAmerican Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in several areas of disease-specific care, including hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke care.

SwedishAmerican first received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care in 2008. Designation for total hip replacement and total knee replacement was first received in 2010.

Prior to receiving the recognition, SwedishAmerican underwent a rigorous on-site survey. The hospital was evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

These certifications reflect SwedishAmerican’s ongoing commitment to health care quality and safety,” said SwedishAmerican Chief Quality Officer Dr. Kathleen Kelly.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care.

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed health care system, with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois. SwedishAmerican Hospital is at 1401 E. State St., Rockford.

From the Sept. 19-25, 2012, issue

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