Pampa Regional Medical Center Earns National Accreditation
Pampa Regional Medical Center earned national recognition recently, continuing its resurgence under a new chief executive officer and a new owner.
The Joint Commission on Healthcare Accreditation awarded the medical center a full unconditional accreditation after it demonstrated that it met the commission’s rigorous national standards for health care quality and safety.
The Joint Commission, the largest healthcare accreditation in the country, bases this recognition on a hospital’s compliance with state-of-the-art patient care and strict safety standards.
“Our approval by the Joint Commission exemplifies the quality of the physicians, nurses and employees at our facility,” said Brad Morse, CEO of PRMC. “But we wouldn’t be where we are without Prime Healthcare’s expertise.”
Prime Healthcare Services acquired PRMC in June 2012. Prime Healthcare owns 23 hospitals across the country, including four in Texas. The health system was named as one of the top 15 systems in the nation, based on quality of care and patient satisfaction.
“The medical center is creating new benchmarks for quality health care in a very short period,” said Dr. Prem Reddy, chairman, president and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services.
“We sincerely thank all the physicians, nurses and employees for achieving this coveted recognition.”
An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
It 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.
“We welcome the Joint Commissions’ accreditation as a strong statement of our commitment and efforts in improving the patient care quality and safety,” said Luis Leon, president of operations for Prime Healthcare Services. “Change is always difficult but along with our commitment, I hope to see the local community embrace Pampa Regional Medical Center with the knowledge that quality and safety remain our utmost priority.”
Dr. Bob Julian, chief of the medical staff at PRMC, said the real winners are the patients who come through the door needing care.
“As members of the community and as your physicians, we are delighted at the most recent results of this extensive Joint Commission survey as it serves as a validation of the excellent medical care delivered here,” Julian said.
Full accreditation by the Joint Commission reassures the community that the medical center organization provides the highest quality of patient care to the residents of Pampa and the surrounding areas, added Twilla Thomas, PRMC’s director of nursing.
“We have set a high bar for quality standards,” Thomas said. “We welcome our friends, neighbors, and colleagues to be a part of the future of this medical center, a strong hospital dedicated to community needs.”
In efforts to make sure the quality of patient care is maintained and in compliance with national standards, the hospital also has installed a state-of-the-art patient care information system that assures quick and accurate information for health care providers.
“All of this is great,” Morse said. “But without the support of our local physicians, the new physicians and talented employees and their willingness to train, none of this would have been possible.”
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