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St. Charles Hospital Receives Advanced Certification for Palliative Care from the Joint Commission

August 26, 2016

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.