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March 28, 2011

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Lincoln Regional Center Accredited by Joint Commission

Lincoln - After a recent unannounced survey of the Lincoln Regional Center, the Joint Commission has fully accredited the facility, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

“The Joint Commission’s visit found that the regional center is committed to quality care for its patients," said Scot Adams, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “After correcting some minor deficiencies, the surveyors found that LRC met the highest national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The surveyors noted the high degree of safety they found in the hospital.”

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.

In January a team of Joint Commission surveyors spent five days looking at the regional center’s daily operations on site and evaluating the regional center for 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 continuous improvement and delivering safe, high quality care,” said Bill Gibson, Chief Executive Officer. “Our staff deserves the credit for our successful accreditation. The surveyors suggested that we submit a couple of patient care practices to the Joint Commission as examples of best practices. It is an honor to be asked to do this and we plan to submit several of our best practices.”

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.

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