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Worcester County Health Department awarded Behavioral Health Care and Human Services Re-Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Snow Hill, Md. – Worcester County Health Department has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care and Human Services Re-Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Worcester County Health Department underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on February 7, 2022. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Behavioral Health standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, treatment and care, and quality improvement.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Worcester County Health Department for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“We are proud to once again be accredited by the Joint Commission.  Despite the challenges of the last two years, our staff has continued to improve plans and processes and will continue these efforts to provide quality care to Worcester County citizens.  This re-accreditation would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff. I am grateful to work with such an amazing team to provide exceptional services for our community,” says Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department.

Worcester County Health Department earned esteemed Joint Commission re-accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care and human services. Achieving accreditation from the Joint Commission is a team effort that brings confidence to patients and provides a framework for the best care possible.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website. For information about all the programs offered by the health department, please visit worcesterhealth.org and follow us on social media @worcesterhealth.