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Sioux Valley Hospital Awarded Joint Commission Certification

Sioux Valley Hospital's primary stroke center has earned the Gold Seal of Approvalâ„¢ for health care quality.

Sioux Valley Hospital's primary stroke center has earned the Gold Seal of Approvalâ„¢ for health care quality. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations awarded Sioux Valley Hospital Disease-Specific Care Certification for primary stroke center.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive on-site evaluation review by a team of Joint Commission reviewers once every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program's processes, the program's ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

"This certification means Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center does the right things and does them well for stroke patients," says Charles A. Mowll, executive vice president, Business Development, Government, and External Relations, Joint Commission.

"Sioux Valley Hospital voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide," says Becky Nelson, President of Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center. "We're proud to achieve this distinction."

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of Joint Commission-certified programs is available at http://www.jcaho.org/.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,200 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs and primary stroke centers. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.