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April 28, 2009

In January, The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) completed a three-day survey at Scotland Memorial Hospital. This week, hospital officials received the official "Accreditation" letter informing them that the hospital has been granted accreditation for all services surveyed and may display the Gold Seal of Approval™.

Because The Joint Commission standards are regarded as the most rigorous in the industry, health care organizations that choose to be evaluated by The Joint Commission are therefore committed to providing the highest level of quality care to their patients. The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ is a clear sign that the accredited organization has demonstrated compliance to the most stringent standards of performance.

To earn and maintain accreditation, a health care organization undergoes an extensive unannounced on-site review by a select team of Joint Commission professionals at least once every three years. The process is designed to help organizations continuously provide safe, high-quality care, treatment, and services by identifying opportunities for improvement in processes and helping the hospital to follow through and implement these improvements.

Through an assessment of an organization's processes and personal visits with its patients/residents and staff, the organization is evaluated. Accreditation may then be awarded based on how well the organization met Joint Commission standards.

"We are very appreciative of the hard work of our staff and physicians to prepare for this survey," commented Jim Mason, Chairman of the Scotland Health Care System Board of Trustees. "We always strive to deliver an exceptional level of care but the survey takes an enormous amount of extra effort. Everyone showed pride and ownership in the System getting ready for and performing during the survey.

"We have an excellent community owned hospital and this survey process showed Scotland Memorial Hospital's continued emphasis on quality assurance for patients and residents of our region," continued Mr. Mason. "We are very proud of our survey outcome, it validates what we already know. Our staff and physicians provide outstanding care and service, and we are committed to the safety of our patients and a safe hospital system."

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