SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CLINICS EARN COMMISSION’S GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR HEALTH CARE QUALITY, SAFETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 30, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland, julie.toland@ttuhsc.edu


LUBBOCK – All of the clinics within the School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center have earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Following a survey May 18-20, the commission determined that the Lubbock clinics all demonstrated compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety.

“While many hospitals are accredited, only a small percentage of outpatient settings have gone through this voluntary evaluation,” said Dale Dunn, M.D., chairman of the Department of Pathology and Chief Medical Officer for the School of Medicine clinics. “We view obtaining JCAHO accreditation as another step toward providing excellent patient care at the Health Sciences Center.”

Dunn noted that clinical staff involvement at every level and each location is critical to a successful survey. JCAHO conducts surveys every three years, and this is the sixth successful survey for the School of Medicine clinics. The survey included clinics at the Health Sciences Center, as well as satellite locations at the Medical Office Plaza, Thompson Hall, Texas Tech Medical Center Southwest, Southwest OB/Gyn Associates and Southwest Eye Consultants.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization and is the predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Standards address both organizational and patient-focused functions.

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