Providence Downers Grove Awarded Gold Seal of Approval

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

(July 2019) Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Downers Grove was recently granted re-accreditation as a Nursing Care Center from The Joint Commission, earning the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval,® as well as a special certification in Post-Acute Care. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Joint Commission re-accreditation is yet another validation of Providence’s commitment to excellence in care. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission holds health facilities to high performance standards, going far beyond what is required by the state in all areas of care.

“Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is not mandatory,” explains Megan Tengerstrom, Vice President of Operations. “But Providence of Downers Grove – like all of our Providence skilled nursing facilities – is happy to undergo this voluntary survey. It’s important to us that our residents and families can rest assured that our team has taken extra steps to ensure the highest levels of quality and safety.”

The accreditation was received following a rigorous, three-day site review. During the visit, The Joint Commission’s surveyor evaluated Providence’s compliance with nursing standards of care, emergency preparedness, and environment of care in the skilled nursing setting. To earn the Post-Acute Care certification, Providence demonstrated exemplary practice in care coordination, discharge planning, and post-discharge follow-up. The Joint Commission also reviewed all policies and human resources records, interviewed residents, and conducted observations of staff members providing direct patient and resident care.

“Our team is honored to receive this endorsement of the quality work we are doing, from the most respected standards-setting body in healthcare,” said Brad Fierce, Providence of Downers Grove Administrator. “The involvement of our staff was vital to the success of this survey. To us, this award is really an affirmation of what we’re already doing – providing day-to-day delivery of safe, high quality care.”

This recognition by The Joint Commission comes on the heels of an announcement earlier in the year by U.S. News and World Reports, awarding Providence of Downers Grove with the ranking of Best Nursing Home with a Short-Term Rehabilitation Stay. More information can be found here.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.