St. Charles Hospital Receives Advanced Certification for Palliative Care from the Joint Commission
St. Charles Hospital announced that it has been awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, a quality program that focuses on achieving optimum care for patients with serious illnesses. This is the second consecutive 2-year certification for St. Charles, which first earned this distinction in 2014.The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“Receiving Joint Commission advanced certification means we are making a significant investment in quality on a daily basis from the top down,” said Jim O’Connor, executive vice president/chief administrative officer, St. Charles Hospital. “Palliative care addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice. Certification for this medical specialty program demonstrated St. Charles Hospital’s continued commitment to our 108-year mission of compassionate care for the whole person--mind, body and spirit.”
Established in 2011, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, awarded for a two-year period, recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.