For Immediate Release
July 26, 2017


Contact: Christa Martin, 256-386-4107
christa.martin@helenkeller.com



Helen Keller Hospital Awarded Sepsis Certification from the Joint Commission




Sheffield, Ala. - Helen Keller Hospital today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Helen Keller Hospital is the first hospital in the state of Alabama to receive this certification and one of over 50 across the
nation.

Helen Keller Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in June 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with sepsis-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:
Compliance with consensus-based national standards
Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"Helen Keller Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with sepsis," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "We commend Keller for becoming a leader in sepsis care and for providing a higher standard of service for the community."

"Helen Keller Hospital is pleased to receive this certification from The Joint Commission," said Paul Storey, Helen Keller Hospital President. "We are proud to be the first in the state of Alabama to achieve this certification, which supports our efforts to develop a culture of excellence and safe patient care for our community."