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Stairways Behavioral Health Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission


Stairways Behavioral Health, the largest mental health provider serving northwestern Pennsylvania, was recently awarded full accreditation from the Joint Commission for Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the gold seal of the health care industry in the USA. Stairways has earned and maintained JCAHO certification since 1999.

Erie, PA, December 11, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Stairways Behavioral Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. The accreditation award recognizes Stairways’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Stairways underwent a rigorous on-site survey in July 2011. A Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated Stairways for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of individuals served and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Stairways Behavioral Health has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve," says Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Behavioral Health accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Stairways for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Stairways attained its first Joint Commission three-year accreditation in 1999, and has maintained this highest level of certification since. The 2011 award represents the organization’s fifth consecutive accreditation.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Robin Dowling, Stairways’ chief compliance officer.
“Achieving and maintaining Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, demonstrates our commitment to excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families.

For The Media:
Summary of Stairways Behavioral Health Accreditation Quality Information: http://www.qualitycheck.org/QualityReport.aspx?hcoid=250703.

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About Stairways Behavioral Health:
Stairways Behavioral Health assists persons with mental health care needs at any stage of life in their recovery by providing comprehensive rehabilitation, treatment and supports essential for living, working, learning and participating fully in the community. Founded in 1961 by volunteer members of the National Jewish Council of Women, Stairways celebrates 50 years’ service to the region, serving more than 10,000 individuals annually throughout Erie and Crawford Counties. Learn more about Stairways at www.StairwaysBH.org.

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 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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Stairways Behavioral Health
Heather May Caspar
814-449-5390
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www.StairwaysBH.org

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