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University Hospital wins accreditation from Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

University Hospital has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) as a result of its demonstrated compliance with JCAHO's national recognized health care standards.

In the survey conducted last November, University Hospital was awarded a three-year accreditation with a score of 93 out of 100, the highest of all Syracuse hospitals, and better than the national average of 91.

"The high marks we received from the Joint Commission recognize the excellence, professionalism, experience and dedication of our staff," said University Hospital Chief Operating Officer Ann Sedore, Ph.D. "The Joint Commission review acknowledges that we strive everyday to provide the best medical care to our patients."

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

During their visit to University Hospital Nov. 27 to 30, 2001, JCAHO surveyors interviewed staff and patients, reviewed hospital records, toured the facility and observed hospital operations. In 44 of 45 areas, University Hospital demonstrated significant or substantial compliance. The only area JCAHO suggested for improvement related to record-keeping with regard to pre-sedation assessment.