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AU Health receives two recertifications from The Joint Commission

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Written by Lisa Kaylor

AU Health has received two Gold Seals of Approval from The Joint Commission in May.

The Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center and Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home have both received recertification for their commitment to providing excellent patient care.

These recertifications demonstrate continuous compliance with the Joint Commission’s performance standards. The Gold Seal reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

“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,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive for the The Joint Commission. “We commend AU Health for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

This is the fifth Gold Seal of Approval received by the Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Joint Commission recognizes the center as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, one of the few health care systems to have such a designation. A comprehensive stroke center is the highest level of certification for hospitals with specific abilities to treat the most complex stroke cases.

“The Gold Seal of Approval represents the culmination of all the hard work done by our multidisciplinary stroke team,” said Dr. Scott Rahimi, Neurosurgical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. “We are one of the leading academic centers in the state and serve patients from more counties throughout the state than any other hospital in Georgia. This recertification reaffirms our mission to serve the entire state, as we are the only public academic medical center in Georgia.”

Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home has remained accredited by the Joint Commission for 10 years. Funded by the Georgia Department of Veterans Services and operated in partnership with Augusta University, Georgia War provides continuous care to veterans of Georgia who have served in the armed forces during war times.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment which is not often achieved by many nursing care facilities,” Carlton Deese, Executive Director of Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, said in a communication to staff. “The surveyor complimented us on our ‘excellent’ patient care and environment of care. This accomplishment is truly a reflection of your hard work and commitment to our veterans and their families.”

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Lisa Kaylor

Lisa Kaylor is the Lead Communications and Media Coordinator for AU Health. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-5292 or lkaylor@augusta.edu.