Hospice of Fayette County Awarded Accreditation from

The Joint Commission, October 2014


Hospice of Fayette County has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® 
for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national
standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The accreditation award
recognizes Hospice of Fayette County’s dedication to continuous compliance with
The Joint Commission’s state of the art standards.

Hospice of Fayette County underwent rigorous unannounced on-site surveys in March,
May and August 2014. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Hospice
of Fayette County for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients,
including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program accredits more than 5,600 organizations. The Joint Commission’s standards address the home care organization’s performance in specific areas, and specify requirements to ensure that patient care and services are provided in a safe manner. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers and researchers, as well as measurement experts, purchasers and consumers.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hospice of Fayette County has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Margherita Labson, R.N., Executive Director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Hospice of Fayette County for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Missi Knisley, Executive Director at Hospice of Fayette County. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org. To report patient safety events or concerns about a health care organization, please contact Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.