OSAGE BEACH CENTER FOR COGNITIVE DISORDERS AWARDED​HOSPITAL ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

OSAGE BEACH, MO – DECEMBER 5, 2014: Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders (OBCCD) today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

OBCCD underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey on October 17th. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

Osage Beach Center for Cognitive Disorders is a 14-bed adult inpatient treatment program located on the campus of the Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Osage Beach, Missouri. OBCCD, independently owned by NHC Reliant Psychiatric Services, LLC, is licensed as a psychiatric hospital and will add a medical specialty that is currently unavailable to the estimated 224, 000 individuals living within the 8-county primary service area of the facility.

OBCCD, with its full complement of licensed mental health professionals, will provide intensive, inpatient treatment for conditions often associated with aging and/or that impact the cognitive abilities or functioning of individuals.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. 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, M.S., 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 (name of organization) for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added David Garvin, Administrator/CEO of OBCCD. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential 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 informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

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 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations: The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications. Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

For further information contact: Thomas Flanagan, Administrator tflanagan@osagebeachccd.com www.osagebeachccd.com

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