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For Immediate Release
September 1, 2011

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Lincoln Regional Center Receives Accreditation

Lincoln—The Lincoln Regional Center (LRC) 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.

LRC is deemed fully accredited for all services surveyed for behavioral health care.

“I’m proud of staff for this result,” said Bill Gibson, administrator for the state’s regional centers. “Their hard work has made accreditation possible.”

The Department of Health and Human Services, of which LRC is a part, was notified in August that accredited status was effective January 15, 2011, and is valid for up to 36 months. It was based on an unannounced 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 medical records, among other areas.

“Accreditation provides objective evidence of quality health care services,” said Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “This is the equivalent of receiving a ‘high five’ from the country’s premiere hospital survey agency.”

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.