Kennedy Outpatient Dialysis Centers Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission
Thursday, June 19, 2014


Kennedy University Hospital’s two outpatient Dialysis Centers have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Kennedy’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

Kennedy’s outpatient Dialysis Centers – located in Voorhees and Washington Township, NJ -- underwent rigorous on-site reviews in June 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Kennedy for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Kennedy’s Dialysis Centers have demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with End-Stage Renal Disease,” said The Joint Commission’s Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification.  “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Kennedy for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Kennedy’s Assistant Vice President for Renal Services Pamela Firely, MSN, RN, added that “with Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation helps create a culture of excellence and we are especially pleased that this on-site review resulted in no recommendations for improvement.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

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