U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Awarded Gold Seal of Approval

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U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Awarded Gold Seal of Approval

by: Jennifer Zingalie, Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs Office | .
published: June 21, 2013

Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs – By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam (USNH) has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

"While the results of this survey and inspection are both impressive, I am most proud of the professional engagement of our staff and their daily dedication to continuous readiness," said Capt. Jeff Plummer, USNH Guam Commanding Officer.

Both the Joint Commission and Medical Inspector General (MEDINSGEN) inspection teams conducted their 2013 triennial survey at USNH Guam and its branch clinics at Naval Base Guam from June 4th through the 7th.

Nearly 16,000 health care organizations undergo the careful observation of Joint Commission inspectors in the United States and many other countries. The accreditation award recognizes USNH Guam's dedication to complying with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards as well as commitment to continuously make efforts to improve the care and service it provides.

The Joint Commission standards deal with organizational quality of care issues and the safety of the environment in which care is provided. The Joint Commission survey team consists of specially trained physicians, nurses, administrators and a facilities expert. The surveyors will evaluate USNH’s compliance with established standards and identify strengths and weaknesses. The overall goal is not merely to find problems, but also to provide education and consultation so health care organizations can improve.

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