On October 13, 2010, a survey team from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) made a site visit to Howard Young Medical Center as part of its three year accreditation process. The team spent nearly three full days on site at the hospital to perform a thorough review following a rigorous set of national standards for hospital performance. The outcome was a successful accreditation which is recognized nationally as the Gold Seal of Approval in health care.
Each year the Joint Commission reviews performance at hundreds of hospitals across the nation large and small. Meeting Joint Commission standards reflects sound practices in the day-to-day delivery of quality and safe patient care. A Joint Commission survey serves as an independent audit of an organization's commitment to continuous quality improvement.
“This year’s survey was a very positive experience for everyone at Howard Young,“ stated Sheila Clough, President, Howard Young Medical Center. “The survey is conducted according to a rigorous methodology that examines the patient experience in depth. Our staff and the care we deliver each day not only met all requirements but passed with very high recommendations. It was very exciting to have the work we do validated so positively.”
In fact, the JCAHO survey process goes beyond just the immediate hospital environment and considers input from throughout the community. Members of the medical staff, board of directors, and the community-at-large were part of the intensive review process.
Meeting Joint Commission standards means that the hospital is committed to continuous improvement and delivering safe, high-quality care. Care provided at Howard Young meets National Patient Safety Goals and goals set for National Quality Improvement.
Kurt Veldhuizen, Chair of the Howard Young Board noted, “Staff involvement in the survey process is so important due to the extensive focus on patient care. Our doctors, nurses, and care teams meet and exceed national standards and the board is very pleased with this outcome and what it means to our community.”
The Joint Commission has been accrediting hospitals for more than fifty years. Its accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval that indicates a hospital meets high performance standards. Accreditation helps hospitals improve their performance, raise the level of patient care, and demonstrate accountability in the rapidly changing health care marketplace.
Howard Young Medical Center was founded as Lakeland Hospital in 1954 through the efforts of Dr. Kate Newcomb and extensive community support. The hospital grew with the needs of the community and opened officially as Howard Young Medical Center in 1977. In 2001 the hospital became affiliated with Ministry Health Care as part of Ministry’s commitment to meeting the health care needs of residents in central and northern Wisconsin.
Ministry Health Care is a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services.