Temple University Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification
for Palliative Care from The Joint Commission
(Philadelphia, PA) – Temple University Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its palliative care program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in palliative care. The Certification recognizes Temple University Hospital’s (TUH) palliative care program for demonstrating exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients dealing with serious illnesses.
“Temple is extremely pleased to receive this Certification by The Joint Commission,” said John N. Kastanis, FACHE, President and CEO of Temple University Hospital. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and careful coordination by the Palliative Care Team and the rest of the healthcare team here at Temple in providing quality care for our patients.”
In earning the Certification, TUH underwent a rigorous on-site review and was evaluated for compliance with The Joint Commission’s palliative care-specific standards, performance measures and clinical practice guidelines. TUH met a series of requirements laid out by The Joint Commission, including following an organized approach to care supported by an interdisciplinary health care team; using standardized clinical practice guidelines or evidence-based practice; having the ability to coordinate care and direct the clinical management of patients; providing the complete range of palliative care services to hospitalized patients 24 hours per day and seven days per week with either on-site staff or on-call staff; and using performance measurement to improve its performance over time.
The Joint Commission’s palliative care certification standards were launched in 2011 and are built on The National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum’s National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Quality Care. For more information on the certification, go to www.jointcommission.org.