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News Friday, June 16, 2017

Accreditation demonstrates Lexington Shriners Ambulatory Surgical Center’s commitment to quality and patient safety

Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington is committed to providing the highest quality specialty care under the safest conditions, to patients from around the world. Staff from all departments work collaboratively to ensure proper protocol and procedure are followed and best practices are constantly reviewed to promote optimal patient outcomes. From facilities and maintenance to security and information management, a medical center is only as good and as safe as the people who support it.

A testament to staff dedication, the Ambulatory Surgical Center of the Lexington Shriners Medical Center was recently awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. During the rigorous, unannounced review, Joint Commission surveyors 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 onsite observations and interviews.

“Our staff is dedicated to continuously reviewing and improving key areas that affect the quality and safety of patient care. This accreditation from The Joint Commission confirmed what the Lexington Shriners leadership already knew, that our medical staff is outstanding and patients/families are benefiting tremendously from their commitment to provide the highest quality of care within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment,” said Kathy Khoshreza, MSN, R.N., manager of performance improvement/staff development for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington.  

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are designed to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance. Accreditation is valid for three years.

While the Joint Commission survey is an important measure of performance, it is just one of the many assessment tools the hospital uses in a constant quest to improve and enhance care. Shriners Medical Center leadership is grateful to the Joint Commission surveyors for their thorough review. Success would not have been possible without the incredible team of people who work at the Lexington Shriners Medical Center and embody the Shriners Hospitals for Children mission to provide the best pediatric specialty care.