Every three years, The Joint Commission conducts a site survey to review a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care and compliance with performance standards. This year, VirtualMed not only achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for ambulatory accreditation but received a perfect result with zero recommendations!
Not only is it extremely rare to have this type of result, but it reaffirms VirtualMed’s alignment with hospital and clinic partners. Earning the Gold Seal® means that standards have been rigorously checked and held to the highest benchmark in the industry.
Jack Williams, President of VirtualMed, states, “Attaining the Gold Seal of Approval® is very exciting, but what we truly hope it communicates to the hospitals and clinics we work with is that we take it very seriously to line up with their standards. Together, we want to work to provide the best in patient care and maintain a strong culture of compliance.”
After a rigorous onsite review which included observations and interviews, The Joint Commission determined that VirtualMed not only met but exceeded criteria in providing safe and valuable care. The Gold Seal of Approval® is an internationally recognized symbol of excellence that reflects the highest of standards.
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys healthcare organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend VirtualMed Staff for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”
More than 22,000 healthcare programs worldwide are certified by The Joint Commission, which consults with doctors, nurses, and safety professionals to examine the current standards and give guidance for improvements. Acquiring accreditation means that the team has reviewed and assessed if healthcare facilities are providing a safe environment, educating patients about the risks and options of their diagnosis and treatment, protecting patient rights (including privacy rights), evaluating conditions before, during, and after diagnosis, protecting patients against infection, and planning for emergencies.
VirtualMed has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 2015 and is proud to display the Gold Seal of Approval® as a sign of our ongoing commitment to delivering quality care in a safe environment.
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