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DECATUR – Decatur Memorial Hospital announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for both the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Advanced Certification in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

DMH recently underwent a rigorous on-site review. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with COPD-specific requirements. These requirements include the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease’s Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD and the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society’s Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of patients with COPD.

Established in 2007 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in COPD was developed in collaboration with the American Lung Association. The certification recognizes Joint Commission-accredited organizations in the outpatient and ambulatory care setting that focus their efforts on:

  • Staff education requirements,
  • Use of spirometry,
  • Smoking cessation,
  • Risk factor reduction,
  • Patient education on self-management of COPD, and
  • Coordination of care.

“Decatur Memorial Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with COPD,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend DMH for becoming a leader in COPD care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for lung disease patients in its community.”

“I am pleased that Decatur Memorial Hospital has received advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Timothy D. Stone, Jr., president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital. “The certification provides us with the framework to continue a culture of excellence for those in our community.”

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