Ocala Health September 21, 2017

Ocala, Fl, — Ocala Health announces that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review during which Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with sepsis-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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.

"We're proud of our team's commitment to sepsis care and are honored to receive the Sepsis Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, says Chad Christianson, Ocala Health CEO "This certification exemplifies our commitment to excellence in providing care for patients in our community."