Trident Health System
November 13, 2013

Charleston, SC - Trident and Summerville Medical Centers have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Sepsis Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Trident Health’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Trident and Summerville Medical Centers are the first Charleston area hospitals to meet these Sepsis standards.

Trident Health underwent a rigorous on-site review in September. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Trident and Summerville Medical Centers for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. “In achieving Joint Commission certification, we have demonstrated our continuous commitment to the highest level of care for our patients,” says Alice Turner, R.N., Assistant Vice President of Quality.

“Achieving a Disease-Specific Care Certification in Sepsis is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” added Todd Gallati, Trident Health President and CEO.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address 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.

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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at