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Riverview Psychiatric Center Earns Joint Commission Accreditation

February 24, 2014
Human Services

Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) was notified last week that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval or accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

AUGUSTA – Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) was notified last week that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation is significant, as many of the Joint Commission’s standards mirror requirements for facilities to participate in the Medicare program and receive federal funding support. Maine is currently appealing a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that terminated RPC from the Medicare program. The State has contended from the outset that the issues noted by federal Medicare surveyors did not rise to the level of severity that would warrant termination.

Joint Commission Approval Seal

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis throughout our hospitals,’’ said Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew. “I am proud of the efforts of staff at both state psychiatric hospitals for their commitment to moving their performance to the next level and for their efforts to perpetuate a culture of excellence that focuses on continuous improvement.”

The accreditation recognizes RPC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. In April of 2013, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC) also earned Joint Commission accreditation.

Both hospitals underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey as part of the accreditation process. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospitals for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management and safety.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Maine’s State psychiatric hospitals have demonstrated a commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend both RPC and DDPC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations. It also accredits more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care 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.