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CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Awarded Hospital Accreditation From the Joint Commission

WILLISTON, N.D. – CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

CHI St. Alexius Health underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in early June, 2017. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.


“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend CHI St. Alexius Health for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”


CHI St. Alexius Health Williston is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Dan Bjerknes, VP of Hospital Operations.  “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”


The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

 

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org .

  About Us

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Williston, North Dakota. It was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Mercy to provide quality health care to the growing population of the region. Today, we provide a full range of clinic and hospital services including: Cardiology, Neurology, Primary Care, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Urology, Plastic Surgery, General Surgery, ENT and Podiatry and more. CHI St. Alexius Health officially announced the formation of its regional health care system on April 19, 2016. The system is the largest health care delivery system in central and western North Dakota and is comprised of a tertiary hospital in Bismarck, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Carrington, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Washburn and Williston and numerous clinics and outpatient services. CHI St. Alexius Health manages five CAHs in North Dakota - Ashley, Elgin, Linton, and Wishek, as well as Mobridge Regional Medical Center in Mobridge, S.D.

 In addition, the Leonard P. Nelson Cancer Center, featuring state-of-the-art radiation and chemotherapy treatment, along with the Pain Clinic, Dialysis and Sleep Lab programs serve patients from a large area of North Dakota and Montana.

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center Credentials and Recognitions:

- Named a Health Strong Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in 2013

- Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care

- Designated a “Stroke Ready” hospital and Level IV Trauma Center by the State of North Dakota








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