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About Our Gold Seals

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No hospital in the nation has more Gold Seals from the Joint Commission than The Valley Hospital. We have earned six: breast, lung, colon/rectal, prostate, pancreatic, and uterine-ovarian cancer.

These distinctions are called Disease-Specific Care Certifications and are given only after a thorough certification process conducted by the Joint Commission. In the words of the Joint Commission:

"Certification requirements address three areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards.
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care.
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Disease-specific programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a two-year period. At the end of the first year, the organization is required to attest to its continued compliance with standards and provide evidence of performance improvement activities. To maintain certification, the cycle repeats with an on-site review conducted every two years and a bi-annual submission of an acceptable assessment of compliance by the organization."

For more information, please visit the Joint Commission website »


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