By CPT Scott Anderson, Evans Army Community HospitalNovember 13, 2008
FORT CARSON, Colo.---Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, Colo., received full accreditation by The Joint Commission for another three years at the conclusion of its survey on Oct. 10.
The Joint Commission accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations throughout the United States.
EACH underwent a rigorous five-day survey from Oct. 6-10, in which a team of investigators reviewed compliance with more than 1,100 criteria related to all components of the organization, including staffing, clinical care, the environment of care within the main hospital and outlying clinics, and patient education and involvement.
The survey team leader commented daily on the high level of teamwork, dedication and compassion among the staff at EACH, observed by each of the surveyors.
Christine Levy, the Joint Commission Sustainment Officer, commented that "our continuous readiness is just that; we don't prepare for a week long Joint Commission Survey, we demonstrate high quality care with every patient that we come in contact with every day".
EACH commander Col. Kelly Wolgast said, "Our compliance and accreditation with The Joint Commission is a reflection of our dedication to our warfighters, their Families and our retiree population, in providing high-quality and safe patient care."
Accreditation is important to Army hospitals because it acts as a report card on how the hospital is being run, not only within the Army Medical Department but accreditation is a nationally recognized accomplishment. Obtaining the seal of approval from The Joint Commission reinforces that the staff of EACH is doing a superior job.