Contact: Erin Hardin
On April 11, 2022, Bartlett Regional Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital 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. Bartlett is the sole health care organization in Southeast and one of 13 in Alaska with Hospital Accreditation by The Joint Commission.
Of the 3,855 health care organizations across the nation with Hospital Accreditation, Bartlett’s Obstetrics (OB) Department was singled out by The Joint Commission for its exceptional perinatal care, and specifically its 99 percent achievement rate in supporting mothers with exclusive breast milk feeding during the newborns entire hospitalization. Lauren Beason, Director of OB, and Sara Gress, Perinatal Education & Lactation Manager, presented their best practices and lessons learned to over 400 peers during a national webinar on May 4, 2022. Following their presentation, multiple hospital attendees from across the country reached out to seek additional resources and establish a collaborative partnership.
“I am very proud of the staff for working together to prepare for the accreditation process,” said Gail Moorehead, Senior Quality Director. “This is a voluntary effort by our hospital. It’s an immense undertaking and this additional accreditation demonstrates to our community our commitment to achieving the highest national standards in delivering quality, safe care.”
Bartlett underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on December 21, 2021. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with hospital standards covering patient care, hospital processes and the environment that are essential to providing safe, high quality care.
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.
“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 Bartlett Regional Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”
For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.