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Monongahela Valley Hospital Awarded Recertification from The Joint Commission

(August 6, 2012 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital has received recertification by The Joint Commission with its respected Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Management Program. To achieve recertification, MVH demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The recertification award recognizes MVH's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

Monongahela Valley Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite survey in July. A Joint Commission expert surveyor in inpatient diabetes management evaluated MVH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission recertification, Monongahela Valley Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes said Jean Range, MS, RN, C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Monongahela Valley Hospital for again successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

"The Joint Commission's recertification recognizes the high level of care that we provide to people with diabetes," said Karen Pritts, director of MVH's Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. "Both people who are newly diagnosed and those who have been living with diabetes for years have the resources they need at Monongahela Valley Hospital to manage their diabetes with confidence."

MVH was one of the first hospitals in Western Pennsylvania to raise the bar for high-quality diabetes care and education. In 2010, the Carroll Township facility was the second hospital in Pennsylvania and only the 21st in the nation to achieve Joint Commission Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Management. Today, only 48 hospitals in the United States have earned The Joint Commission's Certification for their Inpatient Diabetes programs.

The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at MVH provides inpatient and outpatient management and education programs. The team of professionals offers group classes and individual classes on many topics such as blood sugar monitoring, nutrition counseling, meal planning and stress management.

The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, evaluates many clinical programs. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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