PMC earns accreditation from Joint Commission

Kathy Atkins

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) recently completed three accreditation reviews that evaluated the quality and safety of care being provided by PMC, Leonard Lawson Cancer Center (LLCC) and LLCC's lab.


Vice President and Assistant to the president/CEO Cheryl Hickman is proud to announce PMC has been granted full accreditation for the next three years.


"I am proud of our staff and what they have accomplished with the Joint Commission certifications," President/CEO Walter E. May said. "These certifications are an inspiration and source of distinction for the entire staff who champion the best interests of patients in this region. We will continue to advance high-quality health care for the benefit of all our patients."


"Pikeville Medical Center has a dedicated group of more than 3,300 medical and administrative professionals who are passionate about providing quality care for our patients," said Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins. "The Joint Commission accreditation is a testament to their commitment to excellence."


Joint Commission surveyors from all over the country were on hand to ensure PMC is continuously meeting national standards. Surveyors are highly-trained experts made up of doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and other health care professionals. It's the only health care accrediting body requiring its surveyors to be certified.


Patients were randomly selected to participate in the survey while using their medical records as a road map to evaluate standards compliance. As surveyors traced a patient's experience in a health care organization, they talked to doctors, nurses and other staff who interacted with the patient. Doctors and nurses providing care were observed by surveyors and often spoke to patients.


Hickman said the on-site review of care being provided to patients at PMC was a validation of the hard-work and dedication of employees.


"Our commitment to comply with the Joint Commission's national standards speaks volumes about the care we provide on a daily basis to our patients."


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.


Source: Joint Commission