UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven awarded Post-Acute and Memory Care Certification

LOCK HAVEN — UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation Post-Acute Care and Memory Care Certifications by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care.

During a rigorous on-site the review, Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with nursing care center standards related to several areas, including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care and staff education and training. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with leaders and staff of the organization.

“Joint Commission accreditation and certification provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive,” said Gina Zimmermann, MS, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“We are pleased to not only welcome Haven Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing to the UPMC Senior Communities family, but to also applaud them for receiving the Joint Commission accreditation,” said Anne Holladay, Executive Director, UPMC Susquehanna Senior Communities. “This recognition highlights vital services to the community and region, service which we hope to advance through innovative, quality care.”

Established in 1966, The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program accredits more than 1,000 organizations that offer nursing home and other long term care services.

The Post-Acute Care Certification award was launched in 2013 by The Joint Commission to recognize nursing homes that demonstrate advanced competencies in the provision of post-acute care to patients and residents recently hospitalized.

The Memory Care Certification award was launched in 2014 by The Joint Commission to recognize nursing homes that demonstrate leading practices in dementia care through advanced staff training, and specialized care and service programming.

The accreditation and certification programs are awarded for a three-year period.