Contact: Rai Masuda
West Palm Beach, Fla., Jan. 6, 2014 – Alzheimer’s Community Care has 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 behavioral health care. The accreditation award recognizes Alzheimer’s Community Care’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Alzheimer’s Community Care underwent a rigorous on-site survey in November, 2013. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the organization for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of individuals served and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Alzheimer’s Community Care has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve," says Tracy Griffin Collander, LCSW, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Behavioral Health accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Alzheimer’s Community Care for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
“This five-day event was a significant step in reaching our goal of being recognized nationally as a leader in specialized care, support, education, and advocacy for patients and families living with Neurocognitive Disorders,” said Mark Cornett, COO.
“The Joint Commission is a respected authority for acknowledging the “gold standard” of care within the majority of health care organizations around the country, and Alzheimer’s Community Care provides specialized services and resources that promote safety and security, preserve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s families, and ensures that families will not be isolated from care and resources when they need them. The expertise of both organizations will validate the beliefs and mission of Alzheimer’s Community Care’s model of specialized care. “
The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families.
Receiving accreditation was step 1 in Alzheimer’s Community Care’s two-step relationship with The Joint Commission. The next step is to pursue disease-specific certification, with a specialty in neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. In step 2, Alzheimer’s Community Care will be impacting the standards and goals for other organizations to emulate when they are seeking to provide similar services and resources in other communities throughout the country.
“We are often asked by people in other states and other parts of Florida, ‘when is Alzheimer’s Community Care coming to our area?’,” said Mary Barnes, Alzheimer’s Community Care’s President and CEO, “we will be able to show others how make our model of care work in their local communities once we receive disease-specific certification.”
Alzheimer's Community Care would like to thank the Palm Healthcare Foundation for helping to make this accreditation possible.
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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
For more information on Alzheimer’s Community Care please contact Rai Masuda at 561-683-2700, or visit us online at www.alzcare.org.