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Geneva General Achieves Outstanding Joint Commission Survey
Geneva General Hospital has once again earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. Geneva General Hospital, an affiliate of Finger Lakes Health, earned three-year accreditations.

“We sought accreditation for our organization as part of our commitment to being the best health system of our size in the nation and to demonstrate our exceptional delivery of patient safety and quality care,” said Jose Acevedo, M.D., M.BA., President & CEO of Finger Lakes Health. “Continuing to earn The Joint Commission’s accreditation is a natural vehicle for demonstrating excellence. The results of this survey are a testament to our teamwork, mission, vision, and value, and above all our great employees who are second to none.”

The Joint Commission conducted a rigorous, unannounced, on-site evaluation of Geneva General Hospital July 30 through August 2. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Geneva General, as well as its off-site Finger Lakes Ambulatory Surgery Center and both the Clyde and Seneca Family Health Centers, for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“The successful accreditation underscores Finger Lakes Health’s dedication to complying with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis,” said Jim Hiserodt, Senior Vice President of Operations for Finger Lakes Health. “Accreditation with The Joint Commission is a voluntary process focused on demonstrating excellence in and compliance with more than 300 detailed standards related to healthcare delivery, ranging from medication safety and infection prevention to emergency management and environment of care issues relating to our facilities,” Hiserodt explained.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Geneva General Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Geneva General for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“These are outstanding results, reflective of the great work of all of our employees,” noted Kathleen Reilly, Director, Process Improvement, Infection Prevention and Risk Management for Finger Lakes Health. “The survey team acknowledged their undeniable observations of how GGH exemplifies a hospital that is well on its way toward meeting its goal of becoming the best. The physician surveyor was very complimentary of the practices he observed here. He stated that he would come to GGH for care if he was sick – what a great compliment to all staff. This is truly a tribute to your commitment to ensuring that GGH is a safe place for patients to receive the highest quality of care,” she added.

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

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 evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit 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
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