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Fort Drum MEDDAC earns Joint Commission accreditation

Fort Drum’s USA MEDDAC has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations. The accreditation award recognizes the MEDDAC’s dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic, Conner Troop Medical Clinic, Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Behavioral Health Services underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in May. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the organization for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients.
Since 1975, the Joint Commission has developed state-of-the-art standards for outpatient ambulatory care organizations. Nearly 1,900 freestanding ambulatory care organizations maintain Joint Commission accreditation.
“Organizations that strive for accreditation in ambulatory care from the Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to quality and safety to their patients, staff and their community,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, Joint Commission. “I commend Fort Drum’s USA MEDDAC for successfully achieving this pinnacle and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.”
“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Fort Drum MEDDAC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve,” said Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation, Joint Commission.
“We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safe, high quality patient care,” said Donna Potts, Joint Commission coordinator for Fort Drum’s MEDDAC. “Achieving accreditation from the Joint Commission is a team effort that will bring confidence to our patients and give us a framework to provide the best care possible.”
The Joint Commission’s ambulatory care standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of an ambulatory care organization. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families.
Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. 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 learn more about the Joint Commission, visit

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