Upstate News

July 18, 2002
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital’s Joint Commission score raised to 94

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) has raised University Hospital’s accreditation score to 94 as a result of its demonstrated compliance with JCAHO’s national recognized health care standards.

Earlier this year, University Hospital received an accreditation score of 93 after a JCAHO survey in November found University Hospital to be in significant or substantial compliance in 44 of 45 key areas. The only area JCAHO suggested for improvement related to record-keeping with regard to pre-sedation assessment.

The updated overall accreditation score of 94 reflects JCAHO’s review of University Hospital’s plan of correction. “The increase in our accreditation score recognizes the experience and dedication of our staff as well as our commitment to providing quality medical care to our patients,” said University Hospital Chief Operating Officer Ann Sedore, Ph.D.

The three-year accreditation by JCAHO took effect in December 2001.

Founded in 1951 JCAHO seeks to improve the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through the voluntary accreditation of hospitals.

University Hospital, part of SUNY Upstate Medical University, serves 15 counties and is the region’s only Level-1 Trauma Center. The 350-bed hospital offers hundreds of special services, including Gamma Knife surgery, pediatric intensive care, the Clark Burn Center, Regional Oncology Center, Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders and a kidney/pancreas transplant program.

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