Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center, its laboratory, home care and medical equipment services have again been awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission.

Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center, its laboratory, home care and medical equipment services have again been awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission is the predominate standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Accredited hospitals must comply with more than 300 nationally recognized standards, and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving the safety and quality of the delivery of health care.
“I’m very proud of our physicians and staff,” said Jonathan Davis, president and CEO of Mt. Carmel. “This accreditation is an acknowledgment of the quality of care we provide the community.”
Julianna Rieschick, vice-president of Patient Care, credited the hospital’s team dedication.
“Our team works diligently to make certain our patients receive the very best care,” Rieschick said. “The surveyors were impressed by their dedication and professionalism and made mention that Mt. Carmel was a cut above most hospitals they had visited.” 
Although Mt. Carmel has earned accreditation since 1975, this year’s survey was different because it was unannounced, a reflection of The Commission’s new accreditation process.
“The new unannounced survey process promotes staff readiness,” said Terry Schirk, director of Quality and Risk Management at Mt. Carmel. “Joint Commission accreditation demands teamwork, ongoing attention to standards of quality and process improvement. The surveyors were complementary of the entire hospital but especially of our commitment to patient care.”
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.