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January 2020 – The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval ® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center underwent a rigorous, onsite review on December 16 and 17, 2019. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with Nursing Care Center standards spanning several areas including patient safety, emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Center for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“The Gardens at DePugh is dedicated to providing excellent care to the residents it serves,” says Kristine Miller, NHA, MBA, Executive Director of The Gardens. “Because its standards are regarded as the most rigorous in the industry, we choose to be evaluated by The Joint Commission to confirm that we are providing the highest level of quality care possible to our residents and are in compliance with he most stringent standards of performance.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website or visit The Gardens website at www.thegardensatdepugh.org/