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    Kindred Hospital Mansfield Becomes First Hospital in the DFW Area to Earn The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification for Respiratory Failure
    Jun 19, 2017

    In the past month, we became the 15th hospital in the country and first in the Dallas Fort Worth area to earn the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Respiratory Failure from The Joint Commission, an achievement that signifies our leadership in this area of care!

    Before earning The Joint Commission's certification and its accompanying Gold Seal of Approval®, Kindred Hospital Mansfield underwent a rigorous on-site review in May of 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with respiratory failure-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

    Respiratory Certification
    (From left to right: De-Andre Warren, DQM; Katrina Malone, RT Supervisor; John Blake Peart, Dir. RAD/RT; Jody Mings, Rehab; Camle Le, RRT-ICU; Carolyn Alexander, CCO)

    "Kindred Hospital Mansfield has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with respiratory failure," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "We commend Kindred Hospital Mansfield for becoming a leader in respiratory care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for respiratory patients in its community."

    Susan Schaetti, our Market Chief Executive Officer for Kindred Hospital Mansfield and Kindred Hospital White Rock, said The Joint Commission certification process has helped the hospital improve the quality of patient care by reducing variation in clinical processes, creating a more cohesive clinical team and promoting a culture of excellence, and in the process has strengthened the community's confidence in the care, treatment and services at the facility.

    "We are excited to receive this Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," said Schaetti. "The certification recognizes our skill in treating respiratory failure and demonstrates our commitment to providing quality care and clinical excellence to the community."

    The respiratory failure certification is based on our ability to treat patients who are on a ventilator and/or have an artificial airway in which their prognosis permits them to be weaned off the ventilator. The hospital's aggressive, multi-disciplinary approach from admission to discharge has produced excellent patient outcomes, as Kindred Hospital Mansfield's ventilator wean rate in 2017 of 83% far exceeds the company and national averages.

    The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

    • Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
    • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
    • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

    The Certification program was established in 2002 and is awarded for a two-year period.

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