SYLACAUGA, Ala. – AltaPointe Health System’s Sylacauga Region in east central Alabama marked a major milestone this September when it achieved Joint Commission Accreditation one year after the AltaPointe and Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center merger.

Typically accreditation is awarded following a Joint Commission survey but Sherill Alexander, director of performance improvement for AltaPointe, said otherwise. “Based on the patient volume added following the merger, Joint Commission auditors decided not to conduct an on-site survey and accredited AltaPointe’s north region based on accreditation in its south region,” said Alexander.

However, performance improvement staff conducted an extension survey. “We proceeded as if we were Joint Commission surveyors and took the staff through the entire survey process,” Alexander said. “The staff in the north region rose to the occasion and performed well.”

Following the completion of the survey, Alexander presented the AltaPointe Sylacauga Region staff members with a Joint Commission Accreditation framed certificate.

“Patient safety and quality of care issues are at the forefront of Joint Commission standards,” said Cindy Atkinson, AltaPointe Associate Executive Director of Community Mental Health for the Sylacauga Region. “Achieving accreditation makes a strong statement to those we serve, our staff, and community about our commitment to provide the highest quality services.”

AltaPointe voluntarily submits to audits by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. AltaPointe first became accredited in 2002 and was the first behavioral healthcare organization in Alabama to earn that designation.

The Joint Commission’s standards of care help guide AltaPointe as it provides the best care possible to its patients.

“I am incredibly excited for our north region. This is a goal Cindy Atkinson had set with her staff members and was able to achieve,” said Tuerk Schlesinger, AltaPointe CEO. “The Joint Commission gold seal demonstrates the staff members are delivering a high quality of care to our patients.”

For more information contact AltaPointe Public Relations spokesperson April Douglas at (251) 544-4639 or adouglas@altapointe.org.

Michael Brannon for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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