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Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Awarded Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission


Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has earned Sleep Center Accreditation from The Joint Commission by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards and a commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“We are pleased to receive the accreditation from The Joint Commission for our sleep center,” said Cinda Fluke, M.Ed., BSN, RN, NEA-bc, vice president, Hospital Operations, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “The designation indicates our commitment to providing the best quality care for patients who use the services offered by our program.”

Physicians at CHI Saint Joseph Health have developed a unique program that allows for the comfortable and efficient treatment of sleep disorders. Our sleep specialists provide day and night sleep studies at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, periodic limb movement disorder, nocturnal behaviors (sleep walking, talking and eating in sleep, acting out dreams) disorders and narcolepsy.

The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities, such as the sleep program.

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling underwent a rigorous period of preparation for accreditation, followed by an unannounced onsite visit in which a Joint Commission surveyor with expertise in ambulatory health care and sleep medicine evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas, from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Pearl Darling, MBA, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Joseph Mount Sterling and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality.”

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is a 42-bed community hospital located in Mount Sterling, KY. Established in 1918, the facility serves residents of Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, Powell and Rowan counties, and contiguous counties. An investment of $60 million opened the current facility in 2011.

(provided by St. Joseph Mount Sterling) 

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