Jersey Shore Hospital receives accreditation award
Jersey Shore Hospital has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The award recognizes the hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with the commission's state-of-the-art standards.
The hospital has been accredited by the Joint Commission for at least 40 years, but recently underwent a rigorous, unannounced, on-site survey to maintain its accreditation. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated JSH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, JSH has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, executive director of hospital programs, accreditation and certification services with the Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend JSH for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."
"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," said Carey Plummer, president and CEO. "Achieving Joint Commission re-accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining distinction and continually improving the care we provide."
The Joint Commission's hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Phoenix Rehab hires occupational therapist
HUGHESVILLE - Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc. recently hired occupational therapist Rachel L. Wilkins for its 123 W. Academy St. clinic.
Wilkins is a graduate of College Misericordia and Toccoa Falls College. Throughout her 12-year career, she has provided occupational therapy services to a variety of patient populations.
Wilkins' primary areas of interest include the care of post-traumatic injuries, orthopedic diagnoses, cognitive disability, perceptual dysfunction, arthritis management, neurological impairments and worksite and home safety assessments.
"I am committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients," she said. "This requires me to stay current with the latest research and continuing education. I believe in listening to the patient's goals and needs and working together as a team (physician, patient and therapist) to return the patient to maximum function."
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Phoenix at 584-2772.