NOCH Receives Accreditation

August 30, 2002
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GRAND HAVEN — North Ottawa Community Hospital has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The certification is based on demonstrated compliance with the Joint Commission’s nationally recognized health care standards.

“This accreditation validates our organization-wide commitment to provide high quality health care on an ongoing basis,” said CEO Michael Payne. “I applaud our staff and physicians for their dedication to the health and welfare of the communities we serve.”

NOCH received a score of 95 on a 100-point scale, according to Payne. He said the Joint Commission’s on-site survey of NOCH occurred in July.

The national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care, said Russell Massaro, M.D., executive vice president of accreditation operations for the Joint Commission.

“The Tri-Cities community should be proud that North Ottawa Community Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal — to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels,” Massaro said.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation.           

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