SOMC recognized for excellent care by The Joint Commission

Southern Ohio Medical Center was one of just 620 hospitals nationwide to be named as one of the Joint Commission’s “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.” SOMC was the only hospital in the tri-state region to earn the distinction.

SOMC was recognized for offering excellent care for treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia as well as surgical care. The designation is based on aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for providing our patients with excellent care in so many areas,” Claudia Burchett, vice president of Patient Services, said. “We strive to provide the area with the best healthcare possible, and it’s encouraging that the Joint Commission recognizes that we’re doing just that.”

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Only the top 18 percent were honored as “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”

“Every patient that walks through our doors deserves excellent care,” Valerie DeCamp, director of nursing at SOMC, said. “That is something they expect to receive from SOMC, and everyone here works hard to make sure it is delivered.”

Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. For the full list of hospitals recognized by the Joint Commission, visit www.jointcommission.org.

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