Bishop Drumm Awarded Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Posted by: CHI Living Communities - Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center Awarded The Gold Seal® of Approval from The Joint Commission

CHI Living Communities Bishop Drumm Retirement Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation and Post-Acute Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.  The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care.  Bishop Drumm Retirement Center is the first organization in Iowa to receive this outstanding honor.

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey this June.  During the review, Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with nursing care center standards related to several areas, including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care, and staff education and training.  Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with leaders and staff of the organization.

“Joint Commission accreditation and certification provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive,” said Gina Zimmerman, MS, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.  “We commend Bishop Drumm Retirement Center for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

The Gold Seal of Approval®

“Bishop Drumm is pleased to be the first organization in Iowa to receive accreditation and certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health quality care improvement and accrediting body in the nation.  The Gold Seal of Approval® is not mandatory for nursing homes.  Rather it shows our commitment to provide the highest quality care to our residents by going above and beyond what is mandated,” explained Adam Braden, administrator.

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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. 

Established in 1966, The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program accredits more than 1,000 organizations that offer nursing home and other long term care services. The Post-Acute Care Certification award was launched in 2013 by the Joint Commission to recognize nursing homes that demonstrate advanced competencies in the provision of post-acute care to patients and residents recently hospitalized. The accreditation and certification programs are awarded for a three-year period.