Awards
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
in Joint Commission Accredited (2010)

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) both earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission's on-site survey occurred in March 2010.

Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, President and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH), spoke of his pride in a staff whose team members ask what needs to be done to be accredited by The Joint Commission. "In addition, they appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors." He called the accreditation, "proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis."

For more information, contact www.jointcommission.org

Who is the Joint Commission?
The Joint Commission is committed to helping health care organizations improve the safety and quality of care provided to millions of people throughout the world. Whether you’re a consumer or a health care professional, you’ll find that our website is a valuable resource.

The Joint Commission has a 60 year history of improving care through our standards, National Patient Safety Goals and performance improvement measures. The Joint Commission is also committed to providing the public with reliable information about the health care provided by our accredited and certified organizations. The Quality Check website and the annual report, Improving America’s Hospitals, are proof of that. For the latest information, you can visit our newsroom or click on "What’s New on the Website."

The Joint Commission is constantly pushing the envelope of quality and safety, identifying better ways to improve care. If you have any suggestions you’d like to share with me, I’d like to hear from you. My e-mail address is mchassin@jointcommission.org and my phone number is (630) 792-5650.

I hope you’ll be a frequent visitor to this site to find out what’s new at The Joint Commission.

Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H
President of The Joint Commission

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