Primary Health Network (PHN) has earned its 6th consecutive Gold Seal of Approval through the Joint Commission for Ambulatory Health Care, Behavioral Health, and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Accreditations by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally-recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.PHN underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in the month of September 2015. During the survey, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, infection prevention and control, management of medications, treatment, services, environment of care, leadership, and patient education and training.Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Accreditation programs encourage high quality patient care in all types of freestanding healthcare facilities. An estimated 4,000 organizations currently maintain Accreditation.“Joint Commission accreditation provides healthcare organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “We commend the Primary Health Network for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization, and achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”The Joint Commission’s 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 organizations measure, assess and improve performance.
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 accredits and certifies nearly 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.