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TLRMC awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center announced it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

TLRMC underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in December. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews in several of the hospitals departments, such as nursing units, surgical services, clinics, laboratory, radiology, and the emergency department. In order to maintain accreditation, the hospital will be surveyed at least every 3 years.

Responding to the Accreditation process, TLRMC CEO Wayne Meriwether had this to say. "The Joint Commission survey team was very complimentary of our staff, services, and facility. They specifically recognized our staff for being engaged and knowledgeable, the facility for being clean, safe and well maintained, our Infection Control processes, and the fact we offer services such as Medical Stabilization and Wound Care that they don't often see in small, rural hospitals."

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children's, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

"Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations," said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization."

"We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Brittany Clemons, RN, MSN, Director of Quality at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. "Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community."

Meriwether added he feels TLRMC was recognized even beyond the Accreditation. "Since the survey team travels all over the country surveying hospitals, we considered it a high compliment when they stated they would be very comfortable being a patient at TLRMC. We've always known our employees and medical staff provide wonderful healthcare to those in need. But it's nice to be recognized by The Joint Commission for providing great care to our community."

Trevor Ray, Chair of the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, responded to the news. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are very proud of all the hard work each member of the Twin Lakes team has put into patient care and helping this facility serve the patients of Grayson County and beyond. TLRMC works very hard to provide for the healthcare needs of the community, and we are grateful to every employee and partner for their efforts."

Clemons added, "The Joint Commission surveyors are tasked with ensuring healthcare facilities are providing safe and efficient patient care. Twin Lakes is proud to be a leader in patient safety and to be able to provide high quality care for our community."

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is a 75-bed regional hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services to the residents of a six-county area with a population of more than 90,000. Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Joint Commission's hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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 www.jointcommission.org