Community Hospital receives recognition for diabetes care

Joseph Gerardi

Community Hospital has earned recognition for diabetes care.

The Grand Junction hospital received the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Diabetes Center of Excellence Accreditation. 

“This prestigious accreditation illustrates the commitment of Community Hospital as a provider of evidence-based practice, best practice and key standards in the care of diabetic patients,” said Joseph Gerardi, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. “A great deal of work went into this very important designation, and we are extremely proud of our staff for their dedication to our patients to ensure we are providing the very best health care possible.”

The diabetes program at Community Hospital underwent a virtual review in November. A team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with diabetes education program standards spanning several areas, including environment of care, leadership, medication management and rights and responsibilities of individuals.

Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards take into account scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations assess and improve performance. 

“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,” said Mark Pelletier, chief operating officer of accreditation and certification operations and chief nursing executive of  the Joint Commission. “We commend Community Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”