The Joint Commission (TJC), an international accreditation agency headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, has awarded the Gold Seal of Approval for Perinatal Care Certification to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) Perinatal Unit. In a statement announcing the certification, TJC recognized HRMC for consistently meeting performance standards and said the Gold Seal reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
The certification specifically rewards Hutchinson Regional’s integrated, coordinated, patient-centered care for clinically uncomplicated pregnancies and births. TJC examines HRMC’s standards, guidelines, and adherence to perinatal care core performance measures that are critical to improving and maintaining the health of newborns and their mothers.
HRMC underwent a rigorous off-site review in January, during which TJC reviewers evaluated compliance with certification standards, including program management, supporting self-management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care. The reviewers also conducted off-site observations and interviews. One reviewer said she was inspired by Hutchinson Regional, and the final report commended Hutchinson Regional’s leadership team and Perinatal Unit employees, specifically recognizing length of service and the availability of tools employees need to be successful.
Mark Pellitier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer for TJC, said Perinatal Care Certification recognizes a health care organization’s commitment to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and care. “We commend Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for newborns and their mothers,” Pellitier said.
Jill White, Director of Patient Care Services at Hutchinson Regional, said it is a high honor to receive such positive remarks following a very intense survey. “It is also rewarding to see the continued growth in the Hutchinson Regional program following the first survey, which was conducted in 2018,” White said. “I could not be prouder to work with the amazing staff and physicians at HRMC who provide exceptional care to our moms, babies, and families.”
Ken Johnson, President and CEO Of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System (HRHS), said certifications from respected accreditation agencies is reaffirmation of Hutchinson Regional’s quality of care and services. “The healthcare professionals employed in the Perinatal Unit are committed to excellence and it is most gratifying that their hard work and dedication is recognized by a panel of international healthcare experts,” Johnson said.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is adjusting its masking policy effective February 15, 2023 to no longer require visitors and staff to wear masks when entering the facility. The decision comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases continue to trend downward in Reno County.