Presence Life Connections
Title
Presence Heritage Village Awarded Nursing Care Center Accreditation from The Joint Commission
Date
12/16/2016
Article
December 16, 2016 (Kankakee, Ill.) – Today, Presence Heritage Village, 901 North Entrance Ave., Kankakee, announced it has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation. The Gold Seal of Approval® recognizes Presence Heritage Village’s demonstration of continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards to provide safe and effective patient and resident care. In addition, for the first time Presence Heritage Village received The Joint Commission’s Post-Acute Care certification. This additional recognition is given to nursing centers that provide effective care transitions with the goal of minimizing the risk of unnecessary hospitalizations.

During early December, Presence Heritage Village underwent a rigorous on-site survey by Joint Commission expert surveyors. The surveyors evaluated compliance with nursing care center standards related to several areas including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care and staff education and training. On-site observations and interviews with Presence Heritage leaders and staff were also conducted by surveyors.

Established in 1966, The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program accredits more than 1,000 organizations that offer nursing home and other long term care services.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive,” said Gina Zimmermann, MS, Executive Director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Presence Heritage Village for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

"Presence Heritage Village is pleased to once again receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” commented Presence Heritage Village interim administrator Michael Florczak.

“Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward improving the compassionate care we provide in the communities we serve. This nationally known accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level, thereby creating and sustaining a culture of excellence,” said Presence Life Connections President and CEO Joseph Hugar. Presence Life Connections is the parent company of Presence Heritage Village and part of the Presence Health system.

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About Presence Heritage Village
Presence Heritage Village offers a full continuum of senior living and care options, including independent and assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, sheltered care intermediate and skilled nursing care. For more information about Heritage Village, call 815.939.4506 or visit www.presencehealth.org/heritagevillage.

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 accredits and certifies more than 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.

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.

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