Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s laboratory services awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission

Charlotte, Mich. –  Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s laboratory services earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes HGB’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The HGB laboratory underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in August 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated HGB for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Jennifer Rhamy, M.B.A., M.A., M.T. (ASCP) SBB, HP, executive director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Hayes Green Beach for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

"With maintaining our Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis throughout the organization," said Jim Hild, MSA (HCA), BSMT (ASCP), director of Ancillary Services. "Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence."

"For our organization, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving and expanding the care we provide," said Dr. Chris Flynn, M.D., Medical Director.

The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting laboratory services since 1979. Today, The Joint Commission accredits almost 2,000 organizations providing laboratory services. Its standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations. Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor’s order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care. These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.

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 evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  An independent, not-for-profit 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.

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital has been the community’s choice for health care for more than 75 years. HGB is committed to working together in health to provide quality care and enhance the vitality of the community. It has expanded its vision beyond providing traditional hospital services to one that promotes health and well-being through AL!VE. Learn more about HGB at www.hgbhealth.com and AL!VE at www.myalive.com.