Citrus Memorial Hospital
October 14, 2016

Citrus Memorial Hospital today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Sepsis Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects and organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“I am very pleased to announce that the Joint Commission on Accreditation has certified CMH’s Sepsis program. This indicates we are in full compliance with evidence-based practices and protocols in diagnosing and treating some of our sickest patients,” said Citrus Memorial CEO Ralph Aleman. “This is our first Sepsis certification and it was granted without any major recommendations for improvement; this is a great achievement.”

Citrus Memorial underwent a rigorous on-site review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with sepsis-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

  • 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.

“Citrus Memorial Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with sepsis,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, the Joint Commission. “We commend Citrus for becoming a leader in sepsis care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients in the community.”

“Citrus Memorial Hospital is pleased to receive disease-specific care certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Linda Rice, Citrus Memorial Hospital Vice President of Quality. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”