Carroll County General Hospital is accredited with commendation

July 14, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Carroll County General Hospital recently received accreditation with commendation from the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The Illinois-based accreditation agency evaluates and accredits nearly 11,000 hospitals and home care agencies, and more than 7,000 other health care organizations nationwide. It was founded in 1951.

While evaluating Carroll County General, agency officials said they were "consistently impressed" with the hospital's "pragmatic" pursuit of excellence and commitment to improved patient care.

"It is because of the team spirit values that exist at [the hospital] that we were able to receive this recognition," said John M. Sernulka, president of Carroll County General Hospital. "Putting these values to practice has been our true success."

In recent years, Carroll County General has worked hard to improve patient care by increasing its medical staff and creating a customer service team, said Daphne Swancutt, hospital spokeswoman.

In 1994, the Westminster hospital began a $1.8 million expansion project, tripling the size of its emergency room. The project enabled the facility to increase emergency beds from 12 to 23.

The accreditation process takes place every three years. This is the second time that Carroll County General has been accredited with commendation. The hospital received the same honor in 1995.

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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