Accreditation is an important indicator of excellent medical care
Dr. Barbara Evert, MD
For hospitals nationwide, accreditation is an important indicator of excellent medical care. It reassures patients and the community that hospitals are meeting and often exceeding national quality and safety standards for care. It also helps hospitals recruit excellent physicians, nurses and other skilled caregivers.
The standards against which hospitals are reviewed for accreditations are established by nationally recognized professional organizations and performed by independent evaluators. Some of these reviews are mandated by federal and state government for licensure and reimbursement.
It is important for the public to know that each accreditation a hospital receives puts its quality on par with other accredited hospitals throughout the country. Accreditation raises the bar to the highest standard of care and levels the playing field for all accredited hospitals, big and small.
At Grady Memorial Hospital, we welcome these outside validations. They underscore our strengths, showing us where we are meeting or exceeding national standards, and they provide opportunities for improvement so we can continuously adopt the latest best practices.
As a Delaware resident, we feel it’s important that you know Grady has accreditations for all aspects of its clinical operations, from breast imaging and laboratory services to heart and cancer care. In many cases, these accreditations come with commendations that recognize Grady to be a superior performer compared to its peers.
Here are just a few of the areas where we excel, according to accrediting organizations:
Cancer care — The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer approved Grady as a Community Hospital Cancer Program with Commendation for providing diagnostic and treatment services throughout the continuum of care.
Surgery, pneumonia care — Grady is just one of 14 hospitals in Ohio, and among just 14 percent nationwide, to be named by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer of Key Quality Measures. Specifically, we were commended for the quality of care we provide our pneumonia patients and all of our surgery patients. The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that accredits more than 19,000 healthcare organizations in the United States. Its accreditation is recognized as a condition for licensure by state governments and for the receipt of Medicaid reimbursements.
Chest Pain — Grady has been accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers — an international non-profit society dedicated to the elimination of heart disease — for its outstanding treatment of patients who present with heart attack symptoms. The accreditation represents a coordination of services among regional EMS, our emergency department and inpatient facility in a systematic fashion that conforms to national best practices, including speed of care.
Imaging — Grady recently earned a prestigious breast MRI accreditation from the American College of Radiology. The college also has accredited our Imaging Department for all other modalities including conventional mammography, CT, ultrasound, vascular ultrasound and nuclear medicine.
Laboratory — Our Pathology and Clinical Laboratories are accredited by The Joint Commission for meeting national standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments ensures quality laboratory testing and certifies us to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments.
Rehabilitation – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services recognizes Grady for providing excellence in adult rehabilitative care, citing seven areas of exemplary performance.
Dr. Barbara Evert is vice president of Medical Affairs at Grady Memorial Hospital.