PCH/FMC Receives ‘Gold Seal of Approval’


Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center has once again received prominent recognition from a national, independent healthcare organization for its commitment to top quality care and patient safety standards.

The Joint Commission, which independently evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, has awarded PCH/FMC its “Gold Seal of Approval” as an accredited critical access hospital. This followed an intensive, unannounced three-day survey and tour of the hospital in May. The 2013 accreditation is valid for three years.

Receiving the accreditation means that PCH/FMC complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care. Seeking Joint Commission accreditation is voluntary, and PCH/FMC has been an accredited hospital since it first applied for the status in 1998.

“Meeting the Joint Commission’s standards shows the community that our quality of patient care and patient safety initiatives are performing at the highest levels. It’s a bar we continue to raise and work at,” said Amy Arnett, RN, infection control/performance improvement manager at PCH/FMC.

As part of its survey, the Joint Commission used a “tracer” methodology which tracks a patient’s experience from the time he or she is admitted to the hospital until the time of discharge.

The survey included a visit from a life safety specialist who inspected such things as the hospital building and grounds, signage, entrance and exit points, and emergency management plans.

Surveyors also reviewed the hospital’s overall environment of care, infection prevention and control methods, the medical staff and leadership, and national patient safety goals.

The Joint Commission praised the hospital for its work in the following areas:

  • Surveyors commended the hospital for its multi-disciplinary approach to the care of hospitalized patients, which involves a team of nurses, physical therapists, and a dietician meeting weekly to discuss each patient’s progress and individualized care plan.
  • The Commission applauded the hospital for its electronic documentation system in the emergency department, noting its ease of use and accuracy in capturing information related to patient visits.
  • A wall-mounted filing/organizing system within the special care and medical/surgical areas, which contains patient and staff educational materials, was deemed a best practice that should be shared with other healthcare facilities.
  • The Kansas Family Medical Center was complimented for the home town delivery of healthcare services.
  • Surveyors noted that nursing staff fully understood and complied with Joint Commission standards.

“The surveyor was convinced that the nurses she encountered not only knew the standards, but also practiced by them,” said Susan Livvix, chief nursing officer at PCH/FMC.

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