Williston, N.D. – CHI. St. Alexius Health Williston announced today it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
In February CHI. St. Alexius Health Williston underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey. During the review, a Joint Commission surveyor with expertise in ambulatory health care, evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care for CHI St. Alexius Health Williston’s sleep lab.
"Not only does this accreditation reflect the quality care we strive to provide every day, but being an accredited facility actually helps keep our care affordable,” said Rheanda Axtman, cardiopulmonary manager. “Starting in June, Medicare and many other insurances will only cover diagnosis and treatment at accredited facilities like ours. While the recognition is nice, making sure people in our community can easily receive quality local care they can afford is a priority for us.”
Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. Today, the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program serves 2,100 ambulatory care providers, with more than 8,500 sites of care, which, in turn, serve more than 83 million patient visits annually.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend CHI. St. Alexius Health Williston and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care. Thank you for your commitment to patient safety and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you.”
The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.