Research Medical Center June 20, 2018

Research Medical Center today announced that it is the first hospital in Missouri and the second in the Kansas City region to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Program Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—underwent a rigorous on-site review in May 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with sepsis-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. 

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“Research Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with sepsis,” says Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Research Medical Center for becoming a leader in sepsis care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for sepsis patients in its community.”

“Research Medical Center is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” adds Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “The certification is another validation that Research Medical Center provides patient care in a culture of excellence for those in a large region of Kansas City.” 

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