PruittHealth announced last week that all of its 91 skilled nursing facilities in the Southeast region will be required to undergo Joint Commission nursing center accreditation, with Georgia facilities to go first. .
SNFs will need to undergo accreditation to obtain the Gold Seal of Approval; Joint Commission accreditation is granted when an on-site investigation is successfully completed, according to the organization’s website. The survey is conducted by a surveyor or team of surveyors trained by the Joint Commission.
Currently, 16 of PruittHealth’s SNFs and 26 of the Norcross, GA-based provider’s home health offices are accredited by the Joint Commission.
PruittHealth earlier this month detailed its plans to “double down” on home health and renovate its facilities to add more private rooms as it prepares for the post-pandemic future and zeros in on recovery after a year which saw a $137 million drop in revenue and a spike in home care patient numbers even as the SNF census plummeted.
Joint Commission Accreditation helps healthcare organizations identify risk through an assessment of compliance with accreditation standards, focusing on the processes and organizational functions essential to providing safe, quality patient care. , according to the press release making the announcement.
“For more than 50 years, my family has taken pride in raising the standard of care provided in the communities we serve, and we are proud that our efforts are supported by the Joint Commission with these credentials,” said Neil Pruitt, President. -CEO of PruittHealth. Jr. said in the statement. “We have gone to great lengths to ensure quality of care is ingrained in our culture, and each PruittHealth partner strives to provide the safe, high-quality care that patients deserve and expect.”
After Georgia NFC accreditation in 2021, North Carolina and South Carolina NFCs will follow, and many centers will follow the process to earn Joint Commission post-acute care and memory care certifications. , according to the press release.
“Joint Commission accreditation will provide PruittHealth with an enhanced patient- and resident-centered quality framework to help identify and address vulnerabilities to protect patients and residents,” said the executive director of services at the Joint Commission Nursing Center, Gina Zimmermann, in the release.