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Leavitt Family Jewish Home Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation

LONGMEADOW — JGS Lifecare’s skilled-nursing home, the Leavitt Family Jewish Home, has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Nursing Care Center Accreditation 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.

The home underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in November. During 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 provides nursing homes with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive,” said Gina Zimmermann, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, the Joint Commission. “We commend the Leavitt Family Jewish Home for successfully undertaking the challenge to elevate its standard of care and become a quality-improvement organization.”

Added Andrew Steiner, executive director, Leavitt Family Jewish Home, “with Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.”

Martin Baicker, president and CEO of JGS Lifecare, noted that “achieving Joint Commission accreditation again this year is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.

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