Presence Cor Mariae Center awarded accreditation

November 6, 2013

Staff Report

Presence Cor Mariae Center (previously named Provena Cor Mariae Center), at 3330 Maria Linden Drive in 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 patient and resident safety in nursing home care.

The accreditation award recognizes Presence Cor Mariae Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Presence Cor Mariae Center and Presence Saint Anne Center are the only two nursing and rehabilitation centers in Rockford to hold this nationally recognized accreditation.

Cor Mariae Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey in early October. A Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated Cor Mariae Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and residents, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Presence Cor Mariae Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients and residents that goes above and beyond federal and state requirements,” said Gina Zimmermann, M.S., executive director, Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Cor Mariae Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program was established in 1966 and accredits nearly 1,000 organizations offering nursing and rehabilitation services. The Joint Commission’s standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and residents and the management of nursing and rehabilitation centers. The standards are developed in consultation with industry experts, providers, measurement experts and consumers.

Presence Cor Mariae Center offers short-stay rehabilitation with comprehensive therapy, long-term nursing care, memory care, sheltered care, supportive living and independent living — all within one serene campus. Patients and residents benefit from advanced practice nurses, wound care specialists, speech, occupational, physical and pulmonary therapists, infusion specialists, as well as numerous specialty programs focused on wellness.

In addition to receiving the Joint Commission accreditation, Presence Cor Mariae Center is rated a five-star facility by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and is one of one of 78 nursing and rehabilitation centers in the U.S. to implement the CMS preferred INTERACT quality improvement program.

For more about Presence Cor Mariae Center, call 877-737-INFO (4636) or visit www.presencehealth.org/lifeconnections.

From the Nov. 6-12, 2013, issue

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