Monarch pursues national Joint Commission accreditation
Monarch is in the process of seeking accreditation from the Joint Commission, a leading independent agency known for setting quality standards in health care across the United States.
By obtaining this national accreditation from the Joint Commission, Monarch will continue positioning itself as a recognized mental health and human services leader.
To achieve Joint Commission accreditation, Monarch must have certain Elements of Performance (EPs) in place for all of its sites and services. The company has formed nine internal work teams, charged with reviewing specific procedures to determine what steps need to be taken to ensure that Monarch is compliant with each EP before its first on-site review in early 2017.
Some changes to the organization’s systems, policies and processes will be necessary to meet Joint Commission standards, and employees across Monarch may be asked to participate in the readiness process.
“We’re putting in many hours of work, but this will make us better and will be worth it in the end,” said Director of Quality Management Caroline Fisher. “Everyone across Monarch can be proud, because we are all going to be part of achieving one of the most recognized honors in the health care industry.”
Among the benefits of Joint Commission accreditation are enhanced industry reputation, high safety standards, strong community confidence, a competitive edge in the marketplace, improved risk management, enhanced staff education and attraction of talented employees.
Founded in 1951, the non-profit Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 21,000 U.S. health care organizations. It is the nation’s oldest and largest standard-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Joint Commission accreditation can be earned by many types of health care organizations, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, office-based surgery centers, behavioral health treatment facilities and providers of home care services.
Monarch will continue to maintain national Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) accreditation.