Novant Health Thomasville first in state to achieve COPD certification

On site review rigorous
Mar. 10, 2014 @ 12:27 PM

Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) program by demonstrating compliance with Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

The certification award recognizes Thomasville Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

“Thomasville Medical Center is proud to be the first hospital in the state of North Carolina to receive this certification and only the eighth hospital in the nation to achieve this certification,” said Kathie Johnson, president of Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center. “The expertise and commitment of our respiratory care department staff in collaboration with nursing, physician partners and pulmonary rehab assists us in positively impacting the care of our patients with this chronic debilitating disease. COPD is now the third leading cause of death in America.”

Thomasville Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review late last fall. A team of Joint Commission expert reviewers evaluated Thomasville Medical Center for compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Thomasville Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with COPD,” says Jean Range, executive director of Disease-Specific Care Certification with the Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Thomasville Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Johnson believes the advanced certification makes a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down.

“The Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” added Johnson.  “Achieving Joint Commission advanced certification in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, for our organization, is one more step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide to our patients.”