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Joint Commission Awards Advanced Stroke Certification to Onslow Memorial Hospital


June 29, 2012


JACKSONVILLE – Onslow Memorial Hospital’s stroke program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ -- an internationally recognized symbol of quality.  Onslow Memorial Hospital and Vidant in Greenville are the only hospitals east of I-95 with this distinction.*

“The people of Onslow County and Eastern North Carolina are blessed to be served by caring, compassionate, skilled professionals at Onslow Memorial Hospital,” said Jamie McGlaughon, a stroke survivor and member of the Onslow County Hospital Authority. “They are constantly working to bring the highest level of life-saving care to our loved ones.”

As part of a rigorous on-site survey this month, the Joint Commission evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Onslow’s high level of compliance with the Joint Commission standards and the staff’s commitment to stroke care earned the hospital its designation as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Onslow Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with stroke," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Onslow for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” said Jo Malfitano DNP, MBA, RN, CPHQ, NE-BC. Dr. Malfitano is the hospital’s manager of performance improvement and accreditation. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in stroke for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Onslow Memorial Hospital, originally founded in 1944, stands as a 162-bed acute care, community hospital serving the city of Jacksonville and greater Onslow County. Onslow Memorial Hospital is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). Learn more at www.onslow.org

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.

*As of April 1st, 2013, there are now three hospitals east of I-95 that have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™