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Valley Achieves Gold Seal for Wound Care


Hospital Now Holds 14 Joint Commission Certifications

The Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Wound Care, bringing their total number of Gold Seals to 14.  

Earning Disease-Specific Certification in 14 clinical areas places Valley among the top tier of hospitals in the country for this Joint Commission recognition.  Valley also holds certification in acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, perinatal care, stroke, and the following cancers:  breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, ovarian/uterine and prostate.  

“These recognitions are reflective of the quality and clinical excellence found in these programs,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO.  “In addition, they are indicative of the overall emphasis on high-quality patient care and service that have come to be the hallmark of The Valley Hospital.”

The Gold Seal of Approval for Wound Care recognizes Valley's ability to provide excellent care through the application of evidence-based guidelines in caring for wound, ostomy and continence issues. The performance goals of Valley’s wound care service is to prevent pressure ulcers from occurring, to heal wounds at the highest rate possible, and to thoroughly educate patients in the care of their wound or ostomy as well as preventative care.

To earn these distinctions, Valley underwent extensive, on-site evaluations by Joint Commission reviewers.  Gold Seals of Approval are awarded for a two-year period.  The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.  

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002.  According to the Joint Commission, it is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs.