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Fishermen’s Community Hospital Laboratory Awarded Laboratory and Point-of-Care Testing Accreditation from The Joint Commission

October 19, 2022

Marathon, FL – October 19, 2022 – Fishermen’s Community Hospital Laboratory has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Laboratory and Point-of-Care Testing. Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards, the Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Fishermen’s Community Hospital laboratory underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in June. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with the Laboratory spanning areas including bacteriology, routine chemistry, urinalysis, endocrinology, toxicology, coagulation, hematology, blood transfusion services, immunohematology (antibody transfusion, antibody non-transfusion, compatibility testing), histopathology and tissue banking standards.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expertFCH Lab consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Fishermen’s Community Hospital Laboratory for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“It is an honor to be accredited by The Joint Commission,” said Kenneth Wolfe, laboratory administrative director at Fishermen’s Community Hospital. “I am fortunate to be leading a wonderful team of laboratorians that care so much for our community. This accreditation is testament to the diligence, great care and perseverance demonstrated each day here at Fishermen’s Community Hospital by every laboratory team member.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

About Fishermen’s Community Hospital

Fishermen’s Community Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 24,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

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