Accreditations from National and State Organizations
Mercy Memorial Hospital System
Mercy Memorial Hospital System (MMHS) received a full three-year accreditation from The Joint Commission for the hospital system and for home care/hospice care/home respiratory care. The accreditation is effective for 36 months, October 2012 through October 2015. The accreditation award recognizes Mercy Memorial Hospital System’s dedication to meeting and exceeding The Joint Commission’s high standards for health care quality and patient safety on a continuous basis.
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards, Mercy Memorial Hospital System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.™.
To earn and maintain accreditation, a hospital and/or health facility must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission team of clinical and life safety experts. The objective of the survey is not only to evaluate the hospital system, but to provide counsel and guidance that will help staff continue to improve the hospital’s performance. The survey process also analyzes key operations and systems that directly impact the quality and safety of patient care.
“The surveyors praised us for the tremendous improvements made since our last survey. The surveyor who accompanied the home care and hospice staffs on home visits was very impressed at the level of care rendered, calling them among the best programs she ever surveyed. The Life Safety Surveyor commented at the exit interview that our hospital is one of the most highly rated, fire-safe hospitals he had surveyed in a long time,” said Annette Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Memorial Hospital System. “I am so very proud of the excellent care and safe environment we provide for our patients.”
The Joint Commission, formerly known as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, has been in existence since 1951 and accredits more than 19,000 health care facilities in the United States. Roughly 88 percent of the nation’s hospitals are currently accredited by The Joint Commission. Unannounced surveys are conducted every 18 to 39 months. Health care facilities are evaluated on standards that address the facility’s performance in specific areas to ensure that patient care is provided in a safe manner and in a secure environment.
Accredited Cancer Program
In October 2010, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer accredited Mercy Memorial Hospital System as a designated Community Hospital Cancer Program. This recognition is the result of a coordinated effort of surgeons, nurses, clinical care coordinators, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and other care team workers – all of whom are focused on providing the most integrated, patient-focused care. MMHS received another full three-year accreditation in October 2013.
Mercy Memorial Nursing Center
Mercy Memorial Nursing Center completed a successful annual inspection by the Michigan Department of Community Health in July 2012.
Outpatient Surgery Center
MMHS’ Outpatient Surgery Center received accreditation from The Joint Commission. Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to patients. Status as an accredited organization means MMHS’ Outpatient Surgery Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care, set by The Joint Commission.
Sleep Disorders Centers
Mercy Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Centers are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), an organization that is devoted solely to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. AASM accredits more than 2,000 sleep disorder centers and laboratories for sleep-related breathing disorders in the United States. MMHS received its last accreditation, which lasts up to five years, from AASM in December 2011.
Below is a list of all accreditations:
Mercy Memorial Hospital System is a member of:
- Joint Commission - Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital, Home Care and Outpatient Surgery Center Programs
- Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
- College of American Pathologists
- Michigan Department of Community Health
- Food and Drug Administration - Mammography Quality Standards Accreditation
- Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories
- American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American Hospital Association
- Michigan Health & Hospital Association
- Voluntary Hospitals of America
- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce
- Bedford Business Association