Cary Medical Center Receives Joint Commission Accreditation


Cary Medical Center earned the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation Program by demonstrating continued compliance with its performance standards.

CARIBOU, Maine – Cary Medical Center earned the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation Program by demonstrating continued compliance with its performance standards.

The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe, quality patient care.

Cary underwent a rigorous and unannounced examination on the spot in early February. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers assessed compliance with hospital standards covering several areas, including: emergency management, care environment, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management and the rights and responsibilities of individuals.

“As a private accreditor, the Joint Commission investigates health care organizations to protect the public by identifying gaps in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier. , RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Licensing and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend Cary Medical Center for its ongoing quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

Kris Doody, RN, CEO of Cary Medical Center, said the Joint Commission’s achievement of accreditation is the result of the entire organization working together in various areas to meet national standards of care and achieve continuous quality improvement.

“Earning accreditation means a lot to Cary Medical Center,” Doody said. “Our entire Cary family, from our Board of Directors to our professional staff and support services, plays an important role in earning this ‘Gold Seal of Approval’. We salute their efforts in helping us achieve Joint Commission accreditation while serving on the front lines of care for our patients throughout this COVID-19 pandemic.

Regen Gallagher, DO, and Cary’s chief medical officer said the Joint Commission is conducting a thorough review of the hospital’s medical staff and their approach to national safety standards during the investigation.

“Our medical staff are an important part of our quality improvement process,” said Dr. Gallagher. “Their commitment to quality of care and patient safety and their adherence to national standards is a critical part of our success in earning this full three-year Joint Commission accreditation.”

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 healthcare organizations measure, evaluate and improve performance. Investigators also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

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