The joint commission grants accreditation, certification to Wexford House

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, health care quality and patient and resident safety in nursing home care.

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

Earlier in 2014, 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.

Wexford House joined Wellmont in December 2013, enhancing the seamless transition of patients from one health care 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.