VA Maryland Health Care System
VA Maryland Health Care System Awarded Full Accreditation from The Joint Commission
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System has earned continued accreditation, which is The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™.
The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of the VA Maryland Health Care System for a one week period during September 29, - October 3, 2014. The accreditation award, which will be finalized following the Commission’s final review process, recognizes the VA Maryland Health Care System’s dedication to complying with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.
“We sought continued accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as a continued commitment toward achieving excellence.”
During the exit briefing, The Joint Commission survey team repeatedly praised the outstanding care and compassion they observed being delivered by staff members throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System to their Veteran patients. The surveyors also recognized the health care system’s culture of quality and safety, and congratulated the staff for maintaining transparency throughout the organization.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public 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 8,000 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, health 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.
The VA Maryland Health Care System, which includes the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers, the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center and the Cambridge, Fort Howard, Fort Meade, Glen Burnie, Loch Raven and Pocomoke City VA Outpatient Clinics, serves more than 55,000 Veterans each year. Recognized as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Baltimore Magazine in 2011, the health care system is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education.