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Winneshiek Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes Winneshiek Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.  Accreditation covers physician services by Mayo Clinic Health System, including the clinic in Decorah and satellite clinics, Home Health and Hospice, Rehabilitation, Emergency Room and other hospital services. Laboratory was accredited separately in 2013.

WMC underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in September 2013. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated WMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, WMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend WMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of quality, safety and patient service,” said Steven Davis, M.D., interim chief medical officer, WMC.

“Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”