Northside Hospital-Forsyth Awarded Certification in Pneumonia Care

Posted on: Tuesday, May 07, 2013


Northside Hospital-Forsyth, once again, has earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality, receiving a full two-year Disease-Specific Care Certification for pneumonia.  This is the third consecutive review that the hospital has undergone for pneumonia care and subsequently been awarded certification.  Northside Hospital-Forsyth, along with Northside Hospital in Atlanta and Cherokee, remain the only Georgia hospitals to have certification in pneumonia care.  Northside Hospital-Forsyth also received two-year certifications for its hip and knee joint replacement services and was recertified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

“This continued recognition by The Joint Commission is a true testament to the dedication of our staff and physicians to offering the highest quality and compassionate care to our patients,” said Skip Putnam, CEO of Northside Hospital-Forsyth.  “I am very proud of the hard work of all of the individuals who were involved in these voluntary surveys.”

TJC’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care including compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.  Northside underwent extensive and voluntary on-site evaluations by TJC surveyors in each of the clinical areas for which it was seeking certification.  The hospital was evaluated against TJC standards through an assessment of their pneumonia-care and joint replacement processes, their ability to evaluate and improve care within the organization and interviews with patients and staff.

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