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Houston VA Medical Center Awarded Accreditation From Joint Commission

November 20, 2002

Houston VA Medical Center Awarded Accreditation From Joint Commission

Released: 2002/11/20

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston VA Medical Center has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations as a result of its demon­strated compliance with the Joint Commission's nationally recognized health care standards.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission's on-site survey of the Houston VA Medical Center occurred in September 2002.

The Houston VA Medical Center was surveyed and received accreditation in the following programs: hospital, long term care, behavioral health care, substance abuse, and home care.

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the out­comes of care,” says Russell P. Massaro, M.D., executive vice president, Accredi­tation Operations, Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that the Houston VA Medical Center is focusing on the most challenging goal -- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”

Houston VA Medical Center Director Edgar L. Tucker spoke of his pride in a staff whose members ask what needs to be done to be accredited by the Joint Commission. “In addition, they appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors.

He called the accreditation, “proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis.”

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