Montgomery County Emergency Service Receives Joint Commission Accreditation

Designation Recognizes Psychiatric Hospital's Commitment to Community
Congressman Pat Meehan (left) talks with MCES staff.
Congressman Pat Meehan (left) talks with MCES staff.
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Dec. 18, 2012 - PRLog -- MCES Receives Joint Commission Accreditation

– Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES) today announced it has received full accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC), a nationally recognized health care accrediting body.

MCES, a 73-bed adult acute psychiatric hospital, was given a rigorous, comprehensive unannounced on-site survey by a team of TJC Surveyors that evaluated the inpatient facility and its 8-bed Crisis Residential Program (CRP) for compliance with standards of care applicable to hospitals as well as to the needs of behavioral health patients.

“Behavioral Health accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Montgomery County Emergency Service for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” said Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission.

“Our staff and Board of Directors are committed to providing effective, safe, high-quality behavioral health care to Montgomery County and all of the communities that we serve,” said Rocio Nell, MD, CPE, MCES’s CEO/Medical Director. “Our Joint Commission accreditation acknowledges our commitment.”

The Joint Commission (TJC) seeks to improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations to assure and promote safe and effective care. The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years and currently accredits over 4000 hospitals nationally.

TJC evaluates MCES every three years.  MCES is also surveyed annually by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Public Welfare.

About Montgomery County Emergency Service

Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES) is a private, not-for-profit, psychiatric hospital providing a range of behavioral health services. Founded in 1974, MCES is nationally-recognized for its behavioral health work. Its team of more than 200 professionals in West Norriton builds better tomorrows for individuals and families in the Delaware Valley through its inpatient, outpatient and residential programs, mobile crisis service and work with law enforcement.

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About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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