Disease-specific certifications prove Children’s is one-of-a-kind

August 01, 2011

The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant standard-setting accrediting and certifying regulatory body in healthcare, has certified seven disease-specific programs at Children’s. No other pediatric hospital in the nation had more than two disease-specific programs certified. 
Disease-specific programs focus on teaching children with chronic conditions how to independently manage their conditions. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for those children and to reduce emergency department utilization. Joint Commission certification is evidence that these programs provide the highest quality care available.

“These certifications illustrate Children’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life for children who suffer from chronic diseases and for the families who support them every day,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children’s. “Children’s is committed to helping our patients better manage their illnesses. Our programs have earned this recognition for providing evidence-based care and multidisciplinary support in a family-centered environment.”

Out of the seven programs at Children’s that received certification this year, three did so for the first time: the Autism Evaluation and Diagnostic Program, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, and the Pediatric Pain Management Center.

Children’s is the first hospital in the nation, pediatric or adult, to receive certification for an autism program. And it’s the only pediatric hospital to receive certifications for either an epilepsy or pain management program.

The Eating Disorders and Fetal Heart programs were awarded certifications for the second time.

The remaining two programs to receive certifications are familiar with the territory. The Asthma Management Program received its fifth consecutive certification, while the Diabetes Education Program received its third certification.

The certification process examines three areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“Disease-Specific Certification by the Joint Commission is an important external validation of our efforts to provide evidenced-based clinical care, and thoroughly integrate performance measurement and process improvement into our daily operations,” said Karissa Luckett, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., director of Disease Management and Wellness at Children’s.