HealthSouth Erie Awarded Four Certifications from The Joint Commission

1/01/2016

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie has earned recertification for Disease-Specific Care in four key programs: stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and orthopedic rehabilitation. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to the hospital for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

“Our focus is to serve the needs of the Erie community,” said John Papalia, CEO of HealthSouth Erie. “Each day, our staff works to provide a differentiated level of care and offer services that get patients back on their feet and functioning in their communities. We are honored to achieve these distinctions.”

To earn these certifications, the four rehabilitation programs underwent an extensive on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The programs were evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of the programs’ processes, the programs’ ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, HealthSouth Erie has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and orthopedic conditions," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend them for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and 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. For more information on The Joint Commission and its certification programs, visit www.jointcommission.org.

Source: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie

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