Presence Life Connections
Title
Presence Home Care Earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Home Care Accreditation
Date
05/25/2016
Article
Presence Home Care today announced that it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Home Care 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 care. The accreditation award recognizes Presence Health’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state of the art standards. Previously, Presence Home Care initially received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in 2013.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation program supports the efforts of its accredited organizations to help deliver safe, high quality care and services. More than 6,000 home care programs currently maintain accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, by The Joint Commission.

The Des Plaines-based Presence Home Care agency underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in May. During the survey, compliance with home care standards reflecting key organization areas were evaluated, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities and leadership. The accreditation process also provided Presence Home Care with education and guidance to help staff continue to improve its home care program’s performance.

"When individuals engage a home care provider they want to be sure that provider is capable of providing safe, quality care,” said Margherita Labson, RN, M.S., executive director, Home Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “As the home care setting becomes increasingly popular, it is important that home care providers are able to demonstrate that they are capable of providing safe, high quality care. Accreditation by The Joint Commission and the gold seal serve as an indication that the organization has demonstrated compliance to these recognized standards of safe and quality care.”

"Presence Home Care is honored to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission,” said Susan Enright, RN, Chief Operating Officer, Home Care, Housing, System Lead of Integration, Presence Life Connections. “It is our ongoing mission to provide compassionate care, maintain excellence, continue to improve care. I’m proud of our team of associates, who continue to strengthen the continuum of care and deliver and maintain optimal home care services for those in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s home care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, home care providers and researchers, as well as industry experts, purchasers and consumers. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

For more information, contact Presence Health at 877.742.7447 or visit www.presencehealth.org/homecare.

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About Presence Home Care
Presence Home Care is a Joint Commission accredited home health agency providing community-based rehabilitation, nursing care and in-home medical technologies. For more information about Presence Home Care, visit www.presencehealth.org/homecare or call 877.737.4636.

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals Presence Health has a revenue base of $2.5 billion.

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 accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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.

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