(Kahuku, Hawaii, June 12, 2018) – Kahuku Medical Center (KMC), the only hospital operating along Oahu’s North Shore, recently received its re-accreditation from The Joint Commission. Kahuku Medical Center is one of only three Critical Access Hospitals in the state to obtain the Joint Commission accreditation.
The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. KMC was first awarded the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation in 2015. To earn and maintain the commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, a medical organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.
“We are very pleased to receive our re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, which is the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Kahuku Medical Center CEO Alan MacPhee. “Staff from across our organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”
The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are formed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.
KMC was also named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. in 2017 by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
About The Joint Commission
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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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.
About Kahuku Medical Center
An affiliate of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Kahuku Medical Center is the only inpatient, outpatient hospital on the North Shore of Oahu, serving communities from Kualoa to Waimea (Ko’olauloa). It provides 24/7 emergency services, a full-service primary care clinic for adults, women and children, and ancillary medical services such as rehabilitation, clinical laboratory, radiology including a CT services, in-patient pharmacy, social services, dietary and long-term care. For more information, call (808) 293-9221, visit KMC on Facebook or at www.kmc-hi.org.