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CHAMBERSBURG — (Aug. 12, 2019) Keystone Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. 

Keystone Health underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in June.

During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual. 

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.

They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews. 

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“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,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission.

“We commend Keystone Health for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“Keystone Health is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” Joanne Cochran, President and CEO, Keystone Health, said. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for all the residents of our community.”

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