Baptist Receives Several Unique Certifications for Disease Specific Care

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. has recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease Specific Care for coronary artery bypass graft, pre-term labor and prematurity. Baptist also received Advanced Certification in inpatient diabetes. Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to earn these certifications. These quality certifications were awarded by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Baptist’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

Baptist is also the only hospital in Mississippi to hold The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease Specific Certification for breast cancer, acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, and Baptist Nutrition Center outpatient diabetes program. In addition, Baptist has Advanced Disease Specific Certification as a primary stroke center.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Vickie Gerrard, RN, BSN, CPHQ, Baptist director of Organizational Accreditation and Certification. “Achieving Joint Commission certification is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Baptist underwent a rigorous on-site review this past fall. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the organization for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Baptist has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with (condition)," added 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 Baptist for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address 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.

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 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. 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


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