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TGH EARNS QUALITY AWARDS IN 12 MEDICAL SPECIALTIES

Tampa (June 2, 2009) – Tampa General Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for healthcare quality. The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest health care accreditation organization, awarded TGH Disease-Specific Certification for 12 medical programs.
To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluations by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. Each program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of the program’s processes, its ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and through personal interviews with patients and staff.

The 12 medical programs receiving Joint Commission certification for quality care include: Bariatric Surgery, Burn Treatment, Colorectal Disorders, Epilepsy, Gastro-Esophageal Disorders, Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Trauma, Pancreatic/Hepatic/Biliary Disorders, Sleeping Disorder, and Trauma. The Joint Commission also awarded advanced certification to the Stroke and Ventricular Assist Device programs.

“This certification means Tampa General does the right things and does them well for these patients,” said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“Our purpose in pursuing these certifications was to help us enhance the safety and quality of care for our patients,” said Ron Hytoff, president and CEO of Tampa General. “This is an extremely rigorous process and this recognition reflects the team approach we take with our physician partners at the USF College of Medicine and our community-based physicians.”

“ The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

“ Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities.

“ In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.