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04/01/2015

Joint Commission Accredits Wentworth Health Partners

WENTWORTH HEALTH PARTNERS, the 26-practice multi-specialty group of WentworthDouglass Health System, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home Certification. This process involves evaluation of each practice office to ensure they provide the highest quality of care to patients according to nationally recognized standards set by The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. No other hospital or provider group has achieved this standard of care and recognition for ambulatory care in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

“Patients expect and deserve high quality care,” said Gregory Walker, FACHE, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass Health System. “The recognition that all Wentworth Health Partners’ physician offices have achieved the high quality standards set forth by The Joint Commission, and that each practice continues to emphasize patient-centered care is something for us to be proud of, and our patients to take notice of – when it comes time to choose a provider for expert care.”

Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking accreditation and certification by The Joint Commission undergo an extensive on-site survey by TJC surveyors who evaluate compliance with ambulatory care and primary care medical home standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, infection prevention, management of medications, patient education and how effectively the primary care clinician and the interdisciplinary team work in partnership with patients to provide comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered care.

“Going through this rigorous process helps us better serve our patients and inspires ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care we provide,” said Paul Cass, D.O., Chief Medical Officer, Wentworth-Douglass Health System, and Vice President of Clinical Integration.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting. Organizations that pursue PCMH Certification are demonstrating the highest commitment to delivering quality primary care in the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, Executive Director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Wentworth Health Partners for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization, and achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”

To learn more about Wentworth Health Partners, call (603) 740-2377 or visit www.wentworthhealthpartners.com.