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HSHS St. John's receives Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care

February 05, 2024 

HSHS St. John’s Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care (ACPC) by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. St. John’s is the first hospital in Illinois to achieve this designation. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects the health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. 

The certification recognizes St. John’s efforts to achieve integrated, coordinated and patient-centered prenatal through postpartum care, including for both complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies. The certification uses standards, guidelines and The Joint Commission’s perinatal care measure set for managing and monitoring aspects of perinatal care that are critical to improving and maintaining the health of newborns and their mothers. 

“This certification exemplifies and confirms the higher standard of care our team delivers to moms and babies,” said Matt Fry, president and CEO of St. John’s. “It offers our organization many opportunities and benefits, from gaining a competitive advantage to communicating and collaborating among all disciplines for the benefit of our patients. It encourages us to continue working together toward excellence.”

St. John’s underwent a rigorous onsite review in late November 2023. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, including program management, supporting self-management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care recognizes healthcare organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend HSHS St. John’s Hospital for using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher quality and more compassionate care for individuals served.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website
HSHS St. John's receives Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care
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