Good Samaritan Awarded Palliative Care Certification from the Joint Commission
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Palliative Care Certification. The certification demonstrates Good Samaritan’s focus on achieving optimum care for patients with serious illnesses. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. The Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national palliative care standards built on the National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum’s National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Quality Care.
Established in 2011, The Joint Commission’s Palliative Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period and recognizes organizations that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.
“Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to serve patients diagnosed with a critical and debilitating illness in a safe, high quality and patient-focused environment,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We recognize and commend Good Samaritan for its efforts to provide palliative care services while emphasizing patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs as they make end-of-life decisions.”
"Good Samaritan is pleased to receive certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Executive Vice President & CAO Thomas Ockers. “The certification recognizes hospital inpatient programs and helps to further promote and advance the field of palliative care, ultimately improving the care for persons living with serious illnesses.”