Richmond, VA (April 26, 2018) - HCA Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for pediatric asthma certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Chippenham Hospital is the only hospital in Virginia and only one of 10 in the country to receive this certification from The Joint Commission – the nation’s premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body. Chippenham underwent a rigorous on-site review in March, where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with pediatric asthma-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
"This prestigious certification from The Joint Commission is a reflection of our hospital’s commitment to providing the most effective patient care,” said Greg Lowe, chief executive officer of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. “This certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”
Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:
- Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
- Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
- An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.
"Chippenham Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with pediatric asthma,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend them for becoming a leader in pediatric asthma care, and providing a higher standard of service for patients in the community.”
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. For more information, visit www.jointcommission.org.