Specialty Hospitals Earn Accreditation from the Joint Commission for Delivery of Long Term Acute Care

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Specialty Hospitals Earn Accreditation from the Joint Commission for Delivery of Long Term Acute Care
Prestigious National Designation Demonstrates Commitment to High Quality Patient Care and Safety

LAKEWOOD, NJ, May 20, 2010 — AcuteCare Health System’s two long term acute care hospitals — Specialty Hospital at Monmouth and Specialty Hospital at Kimball — have earned accreditation from The Joint Commission, the nation’s standard bearer for quality and safety in patient care. Both hospital within a hospital facilities received the commission’s Gold Seal of Approval ™ for being in compliance with stringent requirements that address specific areas of hospital performance and ensure that patientcare is provided in a safe manner and secure environment. Three year accreditation was granted following unannounced, onsite surveys.The nation’s oldest and largest standards setting and accrediting body in health care, The Joint Commission has been dedicated to raising the level of safety and quality of care since 1951. In addition to meeting 2010 National Patient Safety Goals, Specialty Hospitals complied with The Joint Commission’s requirements for standards based performance in areas that included environment of care, infection prevention and control, medication management, medical staff, nursing, and the provision and record of care, treatment and services.

“We are extremely proud to achieve Joint Commission accreditation. Earning such a prestigious designation is a testament to the exceptional level of advanced care provided by an extraordinary multidisciplinary team of health care professionals at our Specialty Hospitals,” says Violeta Peters, R.N., M.A., chief executive officer of AcuteCare Health System, the region’s leading independent provider of hospitalbased, long term acute care.

Howard Lebowitz, M.D., chief medical officer of AcuteCare Health System, stresses that Joint Commission accreditation exemplifies Specialty Hospitals’ commitment toward achieving excellence in patient care at both 25 bed long term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). Specialty Hospital at Monmouth, located within Long Branchbased Monmouth Medical Center, and Specialty Hospital at Kimball, located within Lakewood based Kimball Medical Center, are uniquely designed for patients with complex medical conditions who require hospital based care extending beyond 25 days.

To obtain a copy of The Joint Commission Accreditation Quality Report for Specialty Hospitals, visit www.qualitycheck.org. For more information about Specialty Hospital at Monmouth, call 7329235037, and Specialty Hospital at Kimball, call 7329423592, or visit its Web site at www.acutecarehs.com.
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AcuteCare Health System, LLC, is a privately owned corporation formed in 2002 to establish and manage long term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). An LTACH (pronounced Ltack) provides diagnostic and medical treatment and rehabilitation to patients whose conditions are medically complex and require an average length of stay of 25 days or more.

Although ACHS’s Specialty Hospital at Monmouth and Specialty Hospital at Kimball are located within major medical centers, they are independent entities that offer the benefits of a smaller, more individualized hospital setting, combined with such life support services as ventilator weaning, complex wound care, parenteral nutrition, respiratory and cardiac monitoring, and dialysis.

Patients typically are referred to the Specialty Hospitals through physician, nurse, case manager or social worker referral — from an intensive care unit. For more information about Specialty Hospital call 7329423592.
Visit its Web site at www.acutecarehs.com

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