Salt Lake City – January 14, 2019 - St. Mark’s Hospital today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
St. Mark’s hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with inpatient diabetes-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
Established in 2006 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care is based on the American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Recommendations and addresses standards related to:
- Staff education requirements,
- Written blood glucose monitoring protocols,
- Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia,
- Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia,
- Patient education on self-management of diabetes, and
- An identified program champion or program champion team.
“St. Mark’s Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with diabetes,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Mark’s Hospital for becoming a leader in inpatient diabetes care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for diabetic patients in its community.”
“St. Mark’s is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Mark Robinson, CEO of St. Mark’s Hospital. “The certification provides us with the framework create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”