Crozer-Keystone Accreditations: Great Quality for Great Care
Crozer-Keystone: Greater Quality for Greater Care
Crozer-Keystone Health System is committed to providing optimal quality healthcare to the people of Delaware County and surrounding communities. We embrace the best professional standards and practices, as evidenced by our accreditations from and affiliation with 19 leading professional medical organizations.
Our quality focus is frequently recognized and Crozer-Keystone Health System has received some of the healthcare industry’s most meaningful awards and honors. In addition to numerous organizational awards, our practitioners and staff are also frequently honored. For example, 25 Crozer-Keystone physicians were included in Philadelphia magazine’s 2013 “Top Doctors,” and more than 90 were named “Top Doctors” by Main Line Today magazine.
We’re proud of the way these achievements recognize the greater care provided by the professionals of Crozer-Keystone. But we’re proudest of continually striving for excellence in the interest of giving you greater care.
Choosing a Hospital or Health Care Facility – Evaluating Quality
Many consumers focus on proximity, convenience, cost, and participation in their health plans when choosing a hospital or other medical facility. Those concerns are understandable – but the most important criteria are those that serve as indicators of quality care.
Is the hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations? You can verify accreditation on the Joint Commission website – and also compare hospitals based on its evaluations at www.jtcommission.org.
What Accreditation Means for You
Accreditation involves an independent review, by peer medical experts, of personnel qualifications, facilities, equipment, policies, and practices. When a hospital or other medical facility achieves accreditation, it is your assurance that it is reliable and responsible, adheres to established standards, and is committed to quality care. Below are some key questions.
Does it have expertise with your condition? How many cases does it treat annually, or how many procedures/operations does it perform? What kind of success rate does it have? Does it have any specialized certifications or accreditations for this specialty?
Are its specialists board certified in their specialties? It’s not uncommon for a physician to practice in a field outside his/her specialty – but you have a right to know their qualifications.
Does the hospital have an assurance Patient Safety team, a Quality team or department focused on improving quality of care? What reports or other information can they share on their approach and success?
Does it use electronic health records? This is an important aspect of helping physicians, nurses, and other health care providers have complete and current access to patient care information.