King City Rustler, Jan 2011
The Hospital Administration at Mee Memorial Hospital has announced the facility has received positive reviews in the accreditation process.
The hospital had a recent visit on behalf of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals, the Central of Medicare/Medicaid Services and the California Department of Health certification. A team consisting of one nurse, one physician, and a licensed safety coach specialist came to evaluate the hospital for one week before Christmas.
"We want to compliment our board, the quality committee, the medical staff and the employees of the hospital for their hard work and the dedication that we have to achieving the highest quality of medical care for our patients and our community," said CEO Lex Smith. "We're very proud to report that the preliminary results look like the hospital will achieve the maximum accreditation by the Joint Commission, which is three years."
Smith noted, "We haven't gotten the official results back, but the unofficial results are that the hospital did very well and should be achieving the maximum accreditation."
The team that was evaluating Mee during December were outside inspectors who work for the Joint Commission, Smith explained. The last time a full accreditation visit was made was December of 2007, when the hospital received a three year accreditation. There are different levels and different time periods available during accreditation. ‘We had an interim visit made back in October 2009, and this was the full accreditation in December 2010,” said Smith.
When asked about the timing of the final report, Smith said “Sometimes it takes a couple months to get the official certificate back, but they said the hospital based on what they saw, the hospital continues it’s accreditation in full compliance with all the regulations.” As to the role of the inspection team and the Commission, Smith said “The Joint Commission is like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. It’s actually three surveys in one.” He said the approval is a clear sign all is good to go in the hospital.
Upon receiving the preliminary results, Smith said the board quality committee executive committee and managers of the hospital met to look them over. He said, “They gave us some of their recommended areas for consultation. They said there are some areas we can improve on and there’s some where they said they were going to use us as standards for going to other hospitals.” The approval for th ree years of accredited operation is being met with a celebrative reaction, as the administration and all the Board Quality Committee are planning a recognition ceremony this Friday.