Hospital and Clinical Services Meet Quality Standards
May 10, 2010
Broadlawns Receives Accreditation from Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations
DES MOINES, Iowa (May 10, 2010) – Broadlawns Medical Center, including the Behavioral Health Care services, received full accreditation by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits health care organizations and programs in the United States. Accreditation is awarded to a health care organization that is in compliance with all clinical and regulatory standards.
“Accreditation by The Joint Commission is a universally recognized measure of outstanding quality and safety in the delivery of health care,” stated Jody Jenner, president and CEO of Broadlawns. “We are committed to continuously improving the quality of care at Broadlawns. This process confirms our efforts and allows our community, payors and patients to feel confident in the care we provide.”
The Joint Commission periodically evaluates healthcare organizations for compliance with the standards and other requirements. Organizations that participate in the process also receive expert advice and education from The Joint Commission about quality improvement.
The accreditation is customarily valid for up to 39 months.
Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County on April 13, 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Today Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:
- An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs
- A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services
- A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve in 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties
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