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Hackensack Meridian Health Awarded the Gold Seal for Sepsis by The Joint Commission

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What you need to know

Hackensack Meridian Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The network adopted a systemwide approach for the management of sepsis and became the second health system in the nation to receive the certification in sepsis as a system.

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The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for sepsis. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite reviews from 2016 to 2019. During each visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards such as program management.

Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

HMH has been committed to adopting a systemwide approach to sepsis, which helped create a standardized process around sepsis and sharing of best practices.

The approach was developed by Renee Harvey, regulatory affairs vice president, and Inia Estima, manager. The network also established a Hackensack Meridian Health Sepsis Committee which is led by Robert Bayle, M.D. and facilitated by Lisa Failace, RN.