Morgan Memorial gets A+ rating from Joint Commission

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By Jamison Hooks

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Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) receives an A+ rating after an unannounced drop-in evaluation by the Joint Commission.

Ralph Castillo, CEO of Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH) attended the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting to give an update on hospital financials and MMH’s recent A+ rating by the Joint Commission.

“The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States and is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare,” explained Megan Morris, MMH Director of Development and Community Relations.

Approximately every three years the Joint Commission makes an unannounced visit to MMH in order to evaluate for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

This year’s visit was conducted by two surveyors who stayed for three days in order to best evaluate the standards of patient care and practices being conducted at MMH.

MMH was last evaluated in August of 2013 and during that visit the Joint Commission discovered 13 findings.

During the Joint Commission Survey, which began on July 26, 2016, only five findings were made.

“Majority of the findings were related to the building, which as you know is over 56 years old. There were no findings related to patient care, medication management, or anything that had to do with how we safely care for our population,” explained Castillo.

Along with the A+ rating from the Joint Commission, MMH has been working diligently on better serving their patients with new programs and certifications.

As of June 12 MMH has become a remote stroke treatment center.

“We are always looking for ways to better ourselves and reach for better care. The remote stroke certification is just one of those ways,” said Castillo.

Kyle Wilkinson, MMH chief financial officer presented a financial report to the BOC and emphasized the significance of having two black years in a row.

Wilkinson used the 2015 unaudited numbers to the 2016 unaudited numbers as an example of the hospitals financial success.

In 2015 MMH finished 63k in the black and in 2016 finished at 258k.

“We had a black bottom line both years and we finished 195k better off than last year. So that’s really the story to tell,” said Wilkinson.

Numbers are subject to change once an audit is performed in October.

“Last year we had a really positive audit. I’m hoping for a positive audit this year as well,” said Wilkinson.

Commissioners thanked Castillo and the Hospital for their hard work and superior care for Morgan County Citizens.

“It’s a big deal that we had an A+ survey. It demonstrates that we take quality very seriously and we know what the heck we’re doing,” said Castillo.

“Financially and clinically we know what the heck we’re doing.”

The formal notification of continued accreditation for MMH is pending. Once received, this will be MMH’s fifth consecutive accreditation.

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