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April 9-- Meadows Regional Medical Center has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes the
dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Meadows underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site formal survey in November, 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the facility for compliance with standards of care specific to the
needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our
organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Alan Kent, Meadows President & CEO. “Through continuing accreditation we are taking a major steps toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts,
providers, measurement experts and patients.

Joint Commission returned to the Meadows campus in February to visit the laboratory and also gaveaccreditation to laboratory services at Meadows. “These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the
overall health care delivery system,” says Jerry Pruitt, Director of Meadows Laboratory Services.