Desert Springs Hospital Awarded Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Care Certification from The Joint Commission

Friday, October 29, 2021
Desert Springs Hospital diabetes group picture

Desert Springs Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The certification recognizes healthcare organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for diabetes. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Desert Springs Hospital underwent a rigorous virtual on-site review in September 2021. During this time, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, supporting self-management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted virtual observations and interviews.

Among the strengths identified by the surveyor were:

  • Weekly Wellness Wrap shared with staff
  • Nursing Orientation agenda, which includes all Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Care Disease Specific Certifications
  • Strong follow-up appointment process including weekend and out-of-town visitor discharges
  • Impressive data presentation that showcased program success
  • Nurse Practice Council Meetings – meeting for all disease specific programs
  • Future Covid-19 Clinic – planning this clinic for patients with diabetes recovering from COVID-19 to provide education and medical screenings which will include foot exams, BP checks and other services

According to the American Diabetes Association, 34.2 million Americans, or 10.5 percent of the population had diabetes in 2018. If left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of medical complications including cardiovascular disease, damage to the eyes, kidneys and feet, skin conditions and more.

“We have a number of patients with diabetes, or didn’t know they had diabetes,” said Chris Loftus, CEO of Desert Springs Hospital. “Our team’s commitment to the education of this disease with fellow coworkers, and the education and management of diabetes with our patients lead to improved health and reduced complications.”

“Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Desert Springs Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for patients with diabetes.”