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Port Huron Hospital awarded Diabetes Services program certification from Joint Commission

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Port Huron, MI – Port Huron Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Care by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Port Huron Hospital is the only hospital in the region and is one of three hospitals in the state to have earned this certification.

The hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review. A Joint Commission expert evaluated its diabetes program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"With diabetes at epidemic levels nationwide and here in St. Clair County, achieving Joint Commission certification for our diabetes program is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide, says Tom DeFauw, Port Huron Hospital president and CEO.  “Joint Commission certification confirms that we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis throughout the organization. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.” 

Port Huron Hospital’s diabetes program includes both inpatient and outpatient services. The multidisciplinary Diabetes Excellence Team participates with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association diabetes initiative to develop protocols for glucose control for inpatients. This initiative has resulted in fine tuned protocols for all units including ICU, medical/surgical units and the Emergency Center.

Outpatient diabetes programs include group and individual education classes; support groups for adults; partnering with community organizations, such as the YMCA on diabetes and pre-diabetes programs; and working with the Port Huron area schools and school nurses.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Port Huron Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Port Huron Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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. The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: 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.