The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 11, 2011

Accreditation awarded to hospital

— SUNBURY — Sunbury Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes the hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with these standards, a hospital spokesman said.

Sunbury Community Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey Dec. 14 and 15.

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the need of patients including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Sunbury Community Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director, hospital programs, accreditation and certification services, The Joint Commission.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Sunbury Community Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Jeff Hunt, chief executive officer at Sunbury Community Hospital, said the accreditation shows the hospital is making a significant investment in quality care.

“This designation provides us with a framework to take our facility to the next level and help create a culture of excellence,” he said. “This is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Sunbury Community Hospital Laboratory received Joint Commission Accreditation in 2009.

“Accreditation by the full hospital is a significant achievement,” said Deb Brokenshire, chief quality officer.

“We have worked diligently to improve our hospital and the care we provide. I am proud of the commitment by our employees and the physicians on our medical staff to deliver a high standard of care.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals.

The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients. This award excludes skilled nursing and nursing home services.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care 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 is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Sunbury Community Hospital is a 118-bed facility with a medical staff includes 45 physicians representing 22 specialties. For more information, visit