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Sanford Bemidji receives first time accreditation by The Joint Commission

Gold Seal of Approval® demonstrates compliance with the nation’s highest performance standards

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Clinics, Home Care and Hospice have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for demonstrating continuous compliance with the highest performance standards. A nationally recognized symbol of quality, The Gold Seal of Approval® reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe, effective patient care. This is a first time accreditation for the organization.

Sanford Bemidji underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in late January. During this review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors conducted interviews and observed staff, patients, and procedures. The team evaluated compliance with standards related to several areas, including:

  • Emergency management
  • Environment of care
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Leadership
  • Medication management

The Joint Commission accreditation is awarded for a three-year period. The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years, with more than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintaining accreditation. 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 Sanford Bemidji for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“We are pleased to have earned accreditation by The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” stated Vicky Korynta, vice president, nursing for Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. “Staff from across the organization are committed to work together to develop and implement approaches to improve care for the patients in our community.”

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

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

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

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