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Erlanger retains full accreditation from Joint Commission
The Joint Commission, an independent organization that sets the standards for evaluating healthcare quality in America, recently announced that Erlanger Health System has retained full accreditation for a period of three years, effective October 1, 2011.

To maintain and earn accreditation, organizations must have an extensive on-site review by a team of Joint Commission healthcare professionals at least once every three years. Since 2006, all accreditation reviews by the Joint Commission have been unannounced. The unannounced visit by Joint Commission surveyors took place at Erlanger in September 2011, and Erlanger received official notification of the results this week.

“The surveyors were very complimentary of the Erlanger staff and the patient care processes,” says Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, Erlanger President and CEO.

The purpose of the review is to evaluate the organization's performance in areas that affect patient care. Accreditation may then be awarded based on how well the organizations met Joint Commission standards. The Joint Commission evaluates the quality and safety of care for more than 15,000 healthcare organizations.