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AdCare Hospital Awarded Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation

WORCESTER — AdCare Hospital announced it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for behavioral healthcare accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with performance standards for all services surveyed. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

AdCare recently completed a rigorous on-site survey. During the review, compliance with behavioral healthcare standards related to several areas — including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm — were evaluated. On-site observations and interviews were also conducted. The Joint Commission currently accredits more than 2,250 behavioral-health organizations for a three-year period.

“AdCare Hospital is pleased to receive behavioral healthcare accreditation from the Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality-improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Jeffrey Hillis, president of AdCare Hospital. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for those in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral healthcare standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, quality-improvement-measurement experts, and individuals and their families to help organizations such as AdCare measure, assess, and improve performance.