Hospice facility earns accreditation

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Hospice of Washington County recently announced that Doey’s House has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. Showcasing a family area in a Doey’s House patient room are, from left, Dr. Alva Baker, chief medical officer; Andrea Horton, chief clinical officer; Ernesto Lopez, chief executive officer; Rebecca Johnson, director of inpatient and support services; and Karen Giffin, senior director of development and public relations.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hospice of Washington County (Md.) recently announced that Doey’s House has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

Doey’s House is the only hospice house in Washington County. The 16,500-square-foot inpatient facility has 12 patient rooms. It has the amenities for patients and families that one would have at home, including a family dining room, meditation room, library, children’s playroom, great room and sun porch.

Each patient room has a patio and a private area for families to stay.

Hospice of Washington underwent a Joint Commission onsite survey for Doey’s House in July. During the survey, compliance with home care standards reflecting key organization areas was evaluated, including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership.The accreditation process also provided Doey’s House staff with education and guidance to help staff continue to improve its performance.

Established in 1988, the Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program supports the efforts of its accredited organizations to help deliver safe, high quality care and services. More than 6,000 home care programs currently maintain accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, from The Joint Commission.“Hospice of Washington County is pleased to receive accreditation for Doey’s House from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added CEO Ernesto Lopez. “Staff from across our organization continue to work together to strengthen the continuum of care and to deliver and maintain optimal home care services for those in our community.”