"In achieving Joint Commission certification, SMMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes," says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Shawnee Mission Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
As identified by The Joint Commission and the American Diabetes Association, hospitals and medical facilities that are able to meet requirements for the inpatient diabetes certification implement:
• Specific staff education requirements
• Written blood glucose monitoring protocols
• Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
• Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia
• Patient education on self-management of diabetes
• An identified program champion or program champion team.
“We are committed to excellent diabetes care to provide our patients with every opportunity for a full and rapid recovery,” said Sandie Anderson, ARNP-BC, BC-ADM, SMMC Nutrition & Diabetes Center Manager. “The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval in inpatient diabetes care demonstrates this dedication.”
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address 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. Re-certification occurs every two years.