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Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital March 31, 2016


DEKALB and SANDWICH, IL – Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital, now part of Northwestern Medicine, are proud to announce that each hospital has earned 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.

The hospitals underwent rigorous, unannounced, on-site surveys in the month of February. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert 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 on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for over 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital for their efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“KishHealth System is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Kevin Poorten, NMHC senior vice president and president of Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

Learn more about The Joint Commission and about KishHealth System, part of Northwestern Medicine.