Published on October 21, 2016

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo Earns Joint Commission Gold Seal Of Approval® For First Time

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation for the first time in the hospital’s 66-year history.

The hospital and staff have demonstrated continuous compliance with The Joint Commission performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“This is an important recognition of the staff’s dedication to providing the safest, highest quality care possible for our patients,’’ said Ted Rogalski, administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo. “This recognition is important for what it means to our patients.

“Our hospital and staff have undergone a thorough evaluation process measuring compliance with best hospital practices.’’

During the review process, 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 onsite observations and interviews.

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.

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo is one of approximately 360 critical access hospitals with accreditation. Accreditation is for three years.

“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, MS, 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.

About The Joint Commission

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 nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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.

About Genesis Medical Center, Aledo

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo is a 22-bed, critical access hospital located in Aledo, Ill. The hospital has served the health care needs of Mercer County residents since 1950. Over the years, the hospital has added services to accommodate the evolving health care needs of the community. Genesis Health System acquired Mercer County Hospital and Mercer County Nursing Home and Medical Associates Clinic on February 1, 2013. The three were re-named Genesis Medical Center, Aledo; Genesis Senior Living, Aledo; and Genesis Health Group, Aledo.

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