NEWPORT, R.I. - Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) Newport and its three branch clinics (NBHC Groton, NBHC Portsmouth, and NBHC Saratoga Springs) have achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for another three years by demonstrating continuous compliance with performance standards.
The onsite survey was conducted Oct. 15 through 19, 2018 by surveyors who evaluated areas such as infection control, ethics and patient rights, training and competence of staff, patient care and safety, medication management, leadership, management of information, and performance improvement. NHCNE has earned the distinct honor of being the site with the least number of Joint Commission findings Navy Medicine East/Navy-wide during 2018! The command not only met the standards of their inspection, NHCNE set benchmarks for the rest of the health care community to follow. Standards reviewed were for Ambulatory Health Care, Behavioral Health Care and Primary Care by Medical Home.
Capt. Marnie Buchanan, NHCNE commanding officer, had high praise for the staff of the medical facilities. "I am absolutely honored to be a part of this dedicated team. I had no doubt that Naval Clinic New England was staged for success. We were excited to host The Joint Commission and Medical Inspector General teams at our command so we could show them how proud we are to provide word class health care for our tenant commands and beneficiaries. Being recognized as setting the standard for other health care commands is a testament on what we do each and every day here at NHCNE. I am extremely proud of every member of the NHCNE family," she said.
The staff of NHCNE also successfully passed a Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Medical Inspector General Inspection (MEDIG) with 66 different programs inspected, some of which include occupational health, quality of care, materials management, education and training, deployment readiness, effective force health protection, patient privacy and contracting.
The Joint Commission (an independent, nonprofit organization) is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care facilities that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home health care, laboratory, and nursing care center services.