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April 7, 2011

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

Hastings Regional Center Receives Three-Year Accreditation

Lincoln – The Hastings Regional Center (HRC) passed a recent Joint Commission survey and is fully accredited for the next three years, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

“The results of the site visit are overwhelmingly positive and shows the commitment to quality care for the youth served at HRC,” said Scot Adams, Ph.D., director of the Division of Behavioral Health in DHHS. “HRC has successfully met approximately 400 national standards for health care quality and safety.”

The Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program provides residential substance abuse treatment for young men paroled from the Youth Rehabilitation Treatment Center in Kearney. The program is licensed for 40 beds and has an average length of stay of approximately four to six months.

In January, a Joint Commission surveyor spent three days looking at the regional center’s daily operations and evaluating compliance with standards of care specific to treatment, patient rights, life safety, environment of care, infection control, governance and medication management.

“The regional center’s staff is committed to the youth they serve and to delivering safe, high quality care,” said Bill Gibson, Chief Executive Officer. “Our staff deserves the credit for our successful accreditation.”

Accreditation is a process involving an audit of the delivery of critical services and patient care. The surveys are designed to ensure organizations are continuously providing safe, high quality care and treatment to the population served. Unannounced surveys are conducted at participating hospitals nationwide at least once every three years.

The Joint Commission evaluates health care organizations for safe, effective, quality care. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.