(February 2020 – St. John, Indiana) Park Place Health & Wellness Center of St. John 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 reaccreditation 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 Park Place Health & Wellness Center – 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 at the end of January. During the visit, The Joint Commission’s surveyor evaluated Park Place’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, Park Place 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 Mark Vanderzee, Park Place Health & Wellness Center 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.”
In addition to the Joint Commission recognition, Park Place was also recently named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019-2020 list of Best Nursing Homes with a Short-Term Rehabilitation Stay. Of the 546 nursing homes in Indiana measured by the report, Park Place was one of only 20 communities to receive the highest Overall Rating, placing them in the top 4% of nursing homes in the state. More information can be found here.