The Joint Commission Grants Accreditation, Certification to Wexford House

KINGSPORT - Wexford House, an innovative skilled nursing facility that contributes significantly to Wellmont Health System's continuum of care, has been accredited for the second time this year.

The 174-bed facility recently earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation and certification. It achieved that designation by complying with national standards for advanced rehabilitation services, healthcare quality and patient and resident safety in nursing home care.

The Joint Commission, which was founded in 1951, accredits more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

"We're thrilled to attain this status with such a well-respected and nationally recognized organization," said Kathy Green, Wexford House's executive director. "Our co-workers are focused on delivering the highest-quality care and want to benchmark against national standards that will benefit our patients.

"By receiving this designation, we know our patients and their families can be assured they are in superior hands."

Earlier this year, Wexford House was granted a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Accreditation from Providigm, a Denver-based organization that creates quality improvement solutions for health care.

Wexford House participated in a rigorous on-site survey in March that led to The Joint Commission's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation and its Rehabilitation and Advance Care Certification option. An expert surveyor for The Joint Commission evaluated the facility for compliance with standards of care for advanced rehabilitation services.

The facility was also examined on standards applicable to the needs of patients and residents, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation and certification, Wexford House has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients and residents that goes beyond federal and state requirements," says Gina Zimmermann, the organization's executive director of Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation.

"Accreditation and certification are voluntary processes, and I commend Wexford House for successfully undertaking both of these challenges to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

Wexford House joined Wellmont in December, enhancing the seamless transition of patients from one healthcare setting to another while retaining quality care. The facility provides respiratory services, hospice, skilled nursing care and short-term stays. Other care includes inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.