Lahey Clinic ranks high in accreditation from The Joint Commission

Release Date: 03/05/2009

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859

Lahey Clinic ranks high in accreditation from The Joint Commission

BURLINGTON, MA—Lahey Clinic has again been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ by The Joint Commission following an extensive unannounced review conducted by six surveyors in November. The survey examined practice standards and processes that directly affect quality of care and patient safety at Lahey Clinic Medical Center, in Burlington and Lahey Clinic Medical Center, North Shore, in Peabody.

The Medical Center received one “requirement for improvement,” or RFI, in the more than 250 standards that were applied in the review, and has provided evidence of compliance with that RFI following the survey.

In all, The Joint Commission surveys about 4,200 hospitals, of the 15,000 health care organizations in the nation it evaluates. Only 1.7 percent of hospitals receive no RFIs. The average number of final RFIs for hospitals surveyed in 2008 was 10, according to The Joint Commission.

“We are thrilled about the Joint Commission findings,” said David M. Barrett, MD, Lahey president and CEO. “This outstanding survey result reaffirms our staff's day-to-day diligence in adhering to the highest standards of patient care and safety, as we continue to sustain a culture of high reliability.”

Surveyors spoke with patients who were treated at Lahey and examined their medical records, assessing care rendered as they followed the patient's course of treatment at the hospital. These patient care tracers were conducted in ambulatory clinics, inpatient and intensive care units, both emergency departments and procedural areas. All disciplines were involved in the survey.

Time after time, surveyors remarked that they were impressed with such high quality care.

Also included in the survey was the Wall Street facility (Dermatology and Rehabilitation Medicine) in Burlington.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. Joint Commission accreditation is a strong indication of a hospital's commitment to patient safety.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.