PruittHealth last week announced that all 91 of its skilled nursing facilities in the Southeast region will be required to undergo Joint Commission Nursing Care Center Accreditation, with the facilities in Georgia slated to go first.
The SNFs will be required to undergo accreditation to achieve the Gold Seal of Approval; accreditation from the Joint Commission is awarded when an on-site survey is successfully completed, according to the organization’s website. The survey is conducted by a trained Joint Commission surveyor or surveyor team.
At present, 16 of PruittHealth’s SNFs and 26 of the Norcross, Ga.-based provider’s home health offices have accreditation from the Joint Commission.
PruittHealth earlier this month detailed its plans to “double down” on home health and renovate its facilities to add more private rooms as it prepares for the post-pandemic future and zeroes on recovery from a year that saw a $137 million decline in revenue and a spike in home health patients even as SNF census dropped.
The Joint Commission accreditation helps health care organizations identify risks through an assessment of compliance with accreditation standards, focused on processes and organizational functions essential to providing safe, quality patient care, according to the press release making the announcement.
“For more than 50 years, my family has taken pride in elevating the level of care provided in communities we serve, and we’re proud that our efforts will be backed by The Joint Commission with these accreditations,” PruittHealth chairman and CEO Neil Pruitt Jr. said in the release. “We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure quality of care is ingrained in our culture, and every PruittHealth partner strives to provide safe, high-quality care that patients deserve and expect.”
After the Georgia SNFs undergo accreditation in 2021, North Carolina and South Carolina SNFs will follow, and many of the centers will undergo the process to achieve Post-Acute Care and Memory Care Certifications from The Joint Commission, according to the press release.
“Joint Commission accreditation will provide PruittHealth with an enhanced patient- and resident-centered quality framework to help identify and address vulnerabilities to safeguard patients and residents,” Joint Commission executive director of nursing care center services Gina Zimmermann said in the statement.