New York Hospital Queens Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission for Demonstrating Commitment to Higher Level of Patient Care

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Allison Fleming, NYHQ
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Jeff Jacomowitz, Lazar Partners
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New York Hospital Queens Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission for
             Demonstrating Commitment to Higher Level of Patient Care

Flushing, N.Y., June 14 , 2013 — New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) announced today that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes NYHQ’s dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

"In earning Joint Commission accreditation, NYHQ has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of patient care," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and we commend NYHQ for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

NYHQ underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in March. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. NYHQ performed exceedingly well, with the number of impact findings among the lowest across the country.

"Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a great honor for NYHQ and speaks volumes of the significant improvements we have made,” said Stephen S. Mills, F.A.C.H.E., president and chief executive officer, NYHQ. “Each and every person at NYHQ strives to ensure our patients receive the best care possible and our performance on the survey reflects our steady progress as a culture of excellence with trusted expertise and care. We are proud of the incredible work and passion from our medical staff, administration, and employees and the continued efforts in improving the care we provide.”

NYHQ has also previously received Special Quality Awards in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (2012) and the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Program (2010).

About the Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About New York Hospital Queens
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. For more information on New York Hospital Queens, visit www.nyhq.org.

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