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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Statement regarding the accreditation status of Greater Southeast Community Hospital
August 18, 2003




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Statement from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Regarding the Accreditation Status of Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, D.C.

At its August 18, 2003 meeting, the Board Appeal Review Committee of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) acted to deny accreditation for Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, D.C. The decision is effective today.

The action taken today by the Board Appeal Review Committee is the final accreditation decision of the Joint Commission.

The Board Appeal Review Committee is composed of four members of the Board of Commissioners. Under JCAHO procedures, representatives of Greater Southeast Community Hospital do not attend the meeting, but may submit written materials. Only information about the organization’s activities and performance at the time of the organization’s survey is considered relevant to deliberations.

The JCAHO Accreditation Committee originally rendered a decision of preliminary denial of accreditation in March 2003. That accreditation decision was based on the findings of both a special on-site evaluation conducted January 30, 2003 and an unannounced conditional follow-up on-site evaluation conducted February 11-12, 2003.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including almost 9,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and 8,000 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.


Cathy Barry Ipema
Chief Communications Officer

August 18, 2003

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