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Kish receives gold seal for patient care

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:55 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – Kishwaukee Community Hospital received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating adherence with the commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety. The accreditation recognizes Kish Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards. The survey comes on the heels of a successful survey last fall at Kish’s sister facility, Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich. 

“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis throughout our organization. Joint Commission accreditation provides us with a framework to take KishHealth System to the next level and helps reinforce our culture of excellence,” said Dr. Michael Kulisz, KishHealth System chief medical officer. 

Kish Hospital underwent a rigorous and unannounced four-day survey. The team of Joint Commission surveyors – a physician, a nurse and a facility inspector – evaluated Kish for compliance with standards of care specific to the care of the patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management and  overall safety. 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. 

“There is an amazing amount of health care-quality data available to the public,” said Karen Black, RN, KishHealth System director of quality. “There are many surveys, review sites, and grading information presented online. We believe that because The Joint Commission comes on-site to judge our quality and not just review what is reported, that their survey data is the most reliable because it’s the most current and the most in-depth.”

Earlier this year the hospital’s main laboratory received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). More recently, Kish Hospital received a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Kish Hospital also participates in additional national benchmark surveys throughout the year, and has been doing so for more than 10 years.

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