Sparrow Ionia earns The Joint Commission accreditation

Published: Feb. 5, 2016

Sparrow Ionia Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation, reflecting the organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective Patient care.

Sparrow Ionia Hospital, Sparrow Medical Group in Ionia, Muir, Portland and Saranac, and Sparrow Ionia Outpatient Rehabilitation, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, all underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in November. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews in the hospital as well as the clinical practices.

“Sparrow Ionia Hospital and our clinic offices are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Bill Roeser, President and CEO, Sparrow Ionia Hospital. “Our Caregivers continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the Patients in our region.”

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital 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 hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.