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Community Medical Center Awarded Gold Seal of Approval in Six Clinical Areas from The Joint Commission


TOMS RIVER, N.J. (October 3, 2013) – Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with its national standards for health care quality and safety in six areas: Stroke, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Total Joint Replacement Knee and Total Joint Replacement Hip.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval was awarded after Community Medical Center underwent a voluntary onsite survey process through the Disease-Specific Certification program.

“Re-certification from The Joint Commission demonstrates the ongoing commitment of Community Medical Center to continuously raising the bar and providing exceptional care to our patients,” said Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center. “This prestigious designation serves as a national recognition of the higher standard of care available at Community Medical Center, as evidenced by positive patient outcomes.”

The rigorous survey process included on-site reviews conducted by disease-specific care field clinicians from The Joint Commission who evaluated compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification provides a framework for program structure and management and ensures that a hospital has established a consistent approach to care to avoid clinical variations.

“The on-site survey process by The Joint Commission evaluated Community Medical Center’s compliance with the highest national standards for clinical care. Certification reaffirms that Community Medical Center is dedicated to continually improving the quality of its programs and providing its patients with the best care possible,” said Awani Kumar, MD, President of the Medical Staff at Community Medical Center.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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