Memorial Hospital of South Bend Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Memorial Hospital of South Bend Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Maggie Scroope
Manager, Media & Community Relations
574-647-3234
mscroope@memorialsb.org

South Bend, IN – Memorial Hospital of South Bend 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 hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Memorial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

Memorial underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in November, 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Memorial 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, Memorial Hospital of South Bend has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Memorial 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 continually improve performance and help create a culture of excellence," says Kreg Gruber, President of Memorial Hospital. "Achieving Joint Commission accreditation for our organization is a major step toward maintaining excellence 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.

About The Joint Commission

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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing 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 www.jointcommission.org.

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a community-owned, not-for-profit corporation based in South Bend, Indiana. It is governed by volunteer representatives of the community guided by a mission to improve the quality of life for the people of our community. Services include inpatient care in the licensed 526-bed Memorial Hospital, outpatient care, primary physician care, urgent care, home care and educational programs for adults and children. Memorial is part of Beacon Health System, which includes both Memorial Hospital and Elkhart General Hospital.