Gunnison Valley Hospital has again earned The Joint Commission’s
Gold Seal of Approval® for Critical Access Hospital 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.
Gunnison Valley Health’s CEO, Rob Santilli, said the rigorous accreditation
process from The Joint Commission ensures that the healthcare system delivers
the highest level of patient safety.
“We choose to be surveyed by the Joint Commission because it demonstrates
our commitment to delivering the highest quality outcomes while also promoting
excellence in our entire organization,” said Santilli. “Earning
reaccreditation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is the result of
every staff member working incredibly hard to continue to prioritize patient
safety and achieve excellence.”
Gunnison Valley Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review
for reaccreditation in March. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission
reviewers evaluated compliance with Critical Access Hospital standards
spanning areas including emergency management, infection prevention and
control, environment of care, medication management and overall patient care.
In addition to the Hospital, Rehab & Athletic Medicine and the Mountain
Clinic were also surveyed. Although all three have been accredited for
years, the Joint Commission conducts a reaccreditation survey triennially.
Each survey evolves to reflect the most recent scientific literature and
expert consensus to maintain the highest level of patient safety.
Gunnison Valley Hospital also earned reaccreditation on its Deemed Status.
This means the facility meets the certification requirements of the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and can provide care to Medicare
and Medicaid patients.
“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,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer,
Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive,
The Joint Commission. “We commend Gunnison Valley Health for its
continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of
“I am so proud of our entire staff for meeting the criteria of the
Joint Commission and earning deemed status while also taking on all the
challenges of COVID-19,” said Santilli. “This recognition
motivates us to continue to pursue excellence and deliver the highest
quality healthcare to our community.”