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Kaiser Permanente Awarded Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care from The Joint Commission

October 8, 2013



SAN DIEGO — Kaiser Permanente San Diego has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its inpatient diabetes care 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 Kaiser Permanente’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Kaiser Permanente San Diego underwent a rigorous on-site review on Sept. 9, 2013. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Kaiser Permanente San Diego for compliance with the inpatient diabetes care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The inpatient diabetes certification program is based on the American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Kaiser Permanente San Diego has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes,” says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Kaiser Permanente San Diego for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission advanced certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Mary Ann Barnes, senior vice president and executive director of Kaiser Permanente San Diego.  “Achieving Joint Commission advanced certification in inpatient diabetes care, for our organization, is recognition of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to excellence in continually improving the care we provide to our patients.”

The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care, developed in conjunction with the ADA, provides standards related to:

  • Staff education requirements
  • Written blood glucose monitoring protocols
  • Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia
  • Patient education on self-management of diabetes
  • An identified program champion or program champion team

Kaiser Permanente began serving San Diego in 1967, and currently provides care for more than 515,000 members throughout the county. Over 7,700 staff and more than 1,100 physicians care for our members at 24 medical facilities; Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Medical Center, which has 414 licensed beds and a 78 bed Emergency Department; and Palomar Medical Center, the plan’s hospital in North County. To learn more, visit kp.org/sandiego.

About the Joint Commission

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 www.jointcommission.org.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.6 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/share.