DW McMillan Earns Joint Commission Re-Certification

3/2/16

D.W. MCMILLAN AWARDED HOSPITAL ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

Brewton, AL - D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Accreditation 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 care.

DW McMillan underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in October 2015. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children's, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

"Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations," said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization."

"D.W. McMillan is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Chris Griffin, Hospital Administrator. "Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community."

The Joint Commission's hospital standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are derived by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.


About D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital
Governed by the Escambia County Healthcare Authority Board of Director, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital that has been a part of the Brewton, Alabama, community for over fifty years. The hospital's facilities include an eight bed intensive care unit; a 24 hour emergency room; general medical, surgical and obstetrical services; and a women & infants unit. In addition, D.W McMillan offers programs and support to area citizens through health education.