Tuesday, May 26, 2009

KidsPeace Awarded Gold Seal of Approval by Joint Commission

Nation’s Oldest, Largest Standards-setting and Accrediting Body Notes Quality of Local Children’s Charity

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety, KidsPeace National Centers of Georgia and the KidsPeace Wellness & Behavioral Health Center of Georgia have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

“We have always sought to give the best to kids who have been through the worst,” said Scott Merritt, executive director of the local children’s charity’s center in Bowdon. “The Joint Commission accreditation is powerful recognition of our commitment to safety and quality care for those in the greatest need.”

“KidsPeace’s accreditation achievement is a demonstration of the organization’s leadership and staff commitment to excellence,” says Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Joint Commission accreditation requires organization-wide dedication to providing safe, client-focused care, treatment and services.”

The Joint Commission conducted an on-site evaluation of KidsPeace’s programs from March 23-25, 2009. The accreditation award, covering recognizes dedication to complying with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

KidsPeace has provided hope, help and healing to hundreds of Georgia children since opening its doors in 2004. With a major residential campus in Bowdon, KidsPeace helps children to overcome crises of growing up. Supported by VIP leaders, including its national spokesperson Leeza Gibbons and child safety and self-esteem icon RETRO BILL, KidsPeace helps millions more each year through prevention and awareness campaigns designed to help America’s kids and parents avoid and overcome the kinds of crises that can strike any child - from disasters and personal traumas to family issues, depression, and the many dangers of modern life. KidsPeace was named “The Outstanding Organization” of its kind in the country by the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children and was called “a prototype of what we need for all children everywhere” by the late, nationally renowned child and family expert, Dr. Lee Salk.

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