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DeKalb Medical at Downtown Decatur Receives Certifications from The Joint Commission

November 04, 2010

Decatur, GA -- DeKalb Medical's Long Term Acute Care facility has again earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality for care of patients diagnosed with respiratory failure and patients on a ventilator. Renewing this 2-year designation for the third time since 2006, DeKalb Medical is America's only hospital to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission for the treatment of ventilator patients diagnosed with respiratory failure. Further, the LTAC facility received Gold Seal of Approval™ for wound care, making it the only hospital in Georgia with this designation.

To earn each distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

“This certification means DeKalb Medical does the right things and does them well for ventilator patients diagnosed with respiratory failure,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“DeKalb Medical voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide,” says Rich Graham, FACHE, Administrator, DeKalb Medical Downtown Decatur. “We’re proud to achieve this distinction.” Although Graham's staff specializes in treating patients with respiratory and other multiple systems failure, they are skilled in serving a large variety of critical care needs. LTAC takes care of patients who have been in other hospitals and are now stable but need four to five weeks of ventilator therapy and weaning, wound care, intravenous antibiotics, and those who may also need speech, occupational or physical rehabilitation therapy.
The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

About DeKalb Medical

With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnosis and treat our patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, our non-profit health system and DeKalb Medical Physicians have been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961.

More than just a provider of hospital services, DeKalb Medical has helped usher in a new era of electronic medical records that puts information at your doctor’s fingertips for improved patient safety and outcomes. Our 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds) and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds). Committed to pushing beyond to excel in patient satisfaction and service, our quality is reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout our three-hospital system including recently ranking in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by HealthGrades® (2011).

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 9,500 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. In addition, The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

Tori Vogt
Media Relations Coordinator
DeKalb Medical

2701 North Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033
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