Joint Commission renews accreditation for Karmanos Hospice program
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Hospice Program recently completed its two-day Joint Commission survey. The program has retained accreditation until the next audit in 2014.
The Joint Commission reviewed patient, employee and volunteer records; policies and procedures; and attended an interdisciplinary team meeting. The survey included auditor visits with patients to evaluate nursing, social work and hospice aide care. The auditor also conducted interviews with bereavement and volunteer coordinators.
The Joint Commission reported that programs exceeded all expectations, citing efficiencies and quality typically found in much larger programs. The auditor deemed this to be one of the best survey outcomes and operations she has seen in several years.
“After months of preparation and prior review, and the diligent management of staff, we are pleased that the audit was successful,” said Mary Jane Curle, MS, RN, director and administrator of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Hospice Program. “We have a very dedicated and committed staff. These positive survey results are a direct tribute to their efforts.”
The Joint Commission is considered the gold standard of health care accreditation. The commission uses strict criteria when considering quality, dependability and consistency. Karmanos Hospice is the only hospice program in Michigan associated with a hospital.