Parkland Medical Center September 24, 2019

Derry, NH - Parkland Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital 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.

"The Joint Commission accreditation exemplifies the excellence and continuous commitment put forth by our physicians and staff to ensure high quality, safe, effective care for our patients," said Jeff Scionti, CEO of Parkland Medical Center. "We take great pride knowing we have exceeded standards set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as evaluated by The Joint Commission."

Parkland Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review as a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with hospital standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

The Joint Commission's standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

"As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. "We commend Parkland Medical Center for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care."

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.