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August 15, 2011

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Hasting Regional Center Receives Accreditation

Lincoln—The Hastings Regional Center (HRC) has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, a national organization that evaluates health care entities based on quality standards and measurements. Accreditation is awarded to a health care organization that is in compliance with all Joint Commission standards at the time of an onsite survey.

HRC, which provides chemical dependency services for youth, is deemed fully accredited for all services surveyed for behavioral health care.

The Department of Health and Human Services, of which HRC is a part, was notified this month that accredited status was effective January 22, 2011, and is valid for up to 36 months. It was based on a survey conducted in January.

To earn and maintain accreditation, a behavioral health care organization must undergo a survey by the Joint Commission at least every three years.

The surveyors look at the safety and quality of care provided to patients, the environment of care, emergency management, human resources, infection prevention and control, information management, leadership, life safety, medication management, performance improvement, and records, among other areas.

The role of the Joint Commission is to help facilities continuously provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services by identifying opportunities for improvement and providing guidance that will help staff continue to improve the facility’s performance.