Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland Awarded National Accreditation for Patient Safety, Quality of Care
The Joint Commission Awards Children's the Gold Seal of Approval ™
February 29, 2012
Oakland, Calif. – Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Children’s Hospital Oakland’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Children’s Hospital Oakland underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in November 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Children’s for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Children’s Hospital Oakland for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
"The Joint Commission accreditation demonstrates that we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. This accreditation contributes to a culture of excellence by providing a framework that enables us to continually improve,” said Bertram Lubin, MD, Children’s President and CEO. “Joint Commission accreditation provides very important external validation about the outstanding care that we provide.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
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About Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is Northern California’s only independent not-for-profit regional medical center for children. Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties and sub-specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers with the largest pediatric inpatient critical care unit in the region. Children’s Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties, more than 2,700 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children’s is also a premier teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.
Children’s research program, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally renowned for taking state-of-the-art basic and clinical research and translating it into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 300 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 research centers in National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.