Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Orchard Place Completes On-Site Review by The Joint Commission

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Orchard Place, mental health experts for Iowa’s children, is proud to announce that it has completed its on-site survey by The Joint Commission in January. More than 1200 areas are examined and accessed during the review. Items for review include: quality of care and treatment, building safety and maintenance, confidentiality, food services, clinical documentation, emergency procedures, human resources processes and medication management.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, an organization undergoes an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

“Orchard Place employees work hard every day to provide an atmosphere that in most instances exceeds evaluation requirements,” said Anne Starr, Orchard Place Chief Executive Officer. “During the on-site review, positive feedback was received on initiatives we have in place, and suggestions were made that will enable Orchard Place to continue to build on our strong reputation as a Joint Commission accredited facility.”

Joint Commission behavioral health care accreditation provides a framework to help manage risk and enhance the quality and safety of care, treatment and services. Recognized by more than 198 state authorities, accreditation can be a useful tool to demonstrate compliance with state regulations or licensure requirements. Joint Commission accreditation also is a condition of reimbursement for certain insurers, including Medicaid and commercial payers. The process provides a customized, intensive review, and enhances staff recruitment and development.