St. Charles Earns Third Consecutive Advanced Certification in Palliative Care
St. Charles Hospital has been awarded its third consecutive Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, a quality program that focuses on achieving optimum care for patients with critical and debilitating illnesses, such as cancer. St. Charles first earned this distinction in 2014 and became re-accredited in 2016. The current certification is for 2018 to 2020.
“Receiving The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification means we are making a significant investment in quality Palliative Care on a daily basis, and maintaining this approval over a span of six years demonstrates our continued commitment to St. Charles' 111-year mission of compassionate care for the whole person--mind, body and spirit,” stated Jim O’Connor, Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer, St. Charles Hospital.
Established in 2011, The Joint Commission’s Palliative Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses. The Joint Comission's Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Palliative care addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs when faced with a serious illness, and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice.
An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Our commitment to excellence in providing Palliative Care services has earned St. Charles Hospital Advanced Certification in Palliative Care from the Joint Commission.About the Program