PRINCETON — Gibson General Hospital again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

"Gibson General Hospital is pleased to again receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Emmett Schuster, Gibson General Hospital President and CEO. "Joint Commission accreditation is a long-standing tradition for our hospital, as we have been accredited since 1951, which is when The Joint Commission was founded." Prior to establishment of the The Joint Commission, the hospital was accredited by the American College of Surgeons beginning in 1932.

To earn its three-year term of reaccreditation, the hospital underwent an unannounced on-site survey by a team of Joint Commission surveyors that evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

"Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations," said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Gibson General Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization."

The Joint Commission's hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

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