Vail Valley Medical Center earns accreditation |

Vail Valley Medical Center earns accreditation

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VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center recently earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

The hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey, during which it was praised in many areas, including the new Cardiac Catheterization & Electrophysiology Lab and Shaw Regional Cancer Center, both of which were recognized as “incredible services for a hospital of this size.”


A team of four Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated all of VVMC’s sites and services for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. They commented, “The staff clearly cares about the safety of the patient vs. doing things simply to remain in compliance with regulations.” Surveyors also commented on the impressive quality of the medical and nursing staffs. The accreditation was awarded for a three-year period.

“VVMC shares The Joint Commission’s commitment to safety and quality,” said VVMC President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “Their approval and feedback validate our efforts to provide superior health services and inspire us to continually find ways to enhance the care we provide.”

“The survey gave VVMC an opportunity to shine,” said Director of Quality and Lean Debbie Morris. “The ongoing work to maintain state-of-the-art facilities and adopt process improvement systems throughout the organization truly impressed our surveyors. I am so proud of our VVMC team.”

The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, seeks to continuously improve health care for the public by evaluating organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

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