CMC continues to earn the Joint Commission Gold Seal of approval.
Community Medical Centers, Inc. (CMC), continues to earn The Joint Commission Gold Seal of approval for ambulatory health care accreditation by continuing to demonstrate compliance with its nationally-recognized standards. This accreditation is a recognition of quality that reflects the organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. In order to earn the seal of approval for accreditation, CMC participates in a rigorous, unannounced, on-site survey every three years. During the survey, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluate compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training.
Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program encourages high quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. An estimated 2,100 organizations currently maintain Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, which is awarded for a three-year period.
CMC is also certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH). Organizations that pursue PCMH certification are demonstrating the highest commitment to delivering primary care in a comprehensive, coordinated model. PCMH certification provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes needed to improve patients’ access to care. Certification encourages organizations to focus on educating patients and showing them how to self-manage their illness or condition.
At CMC, you, the patient, are at the center of our health care system. We strive to provide care that is accessible, comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered. The primary care medical home has the following core functions and attributes:
Patient-centered care: primary health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person; understanding and respecting each patient’s unique needs, culture, values, and preferences. Diagnoses, treatment, and results are explained in a way that makes sense to you.
Comprehensive care: care for prevention and wellness, acute and chronic conditions; a team-based approach to your care that includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and health educators.
Coordinated care: clear communication about your care among you and your family, your primary care clinician and your care team members; use of broader community services and support to meet your care needs.
Superb access to care: the Primary Care Medical Home delivers accessible services with shorter waiting times for urgent needs, enhanced in-person hours, around-the-clock telephone access to a member of the care team, and alternative methods of communication.
Systems-based approach to quality and safety: the Primary Care Medical Home demonstrates a commitment to quality and quality improvement through ongoing participation in activities such as using evidence-based medicine to assist in shared decision making with patients and their families and measuring and responding to patient satisfaction.