Mercy Regional Medical Center re-accredited by The Joint Commission

Mercy Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous accreditation survey in December 2010. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors visited Mercy unannounced and evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Mercy Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., The Joint Commissions executive director of hospital programs, accreditation and certification services. Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Mercy for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care."

Maintaining our Joint Commission accreditation is consistent with our goal of exceptional performance and continuous quality improvement," said Kirk Dignum, Mercy Regional Medical Center's CEO. "I credit Mercy's staff and providers for achieving accreditation and ensuring high quality care and patient safety at Mercy, " he added.

The Joint Commissions hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts, and patients.

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About Mercy Regional Medical Center

Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See www.mercydurango.org for more information.

About Centura Health

Centura Health is Colorados largest hospital and health care network and we are charting the course for the future of health care. Approximately 14,500 of the health care industrys best and brightest, including more than 6,000 physician partners, deliver advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Our strength lies in our ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.

About The Joint Commission

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 evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.