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September 06, 2012

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Cartersville, GA; September 6, 2012 – Cartersville Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Inpatient Diabetes program.  One of only four hospitals in Georgia to achieve Disease Specific Care Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Certification, Cartersville Medical Center reached its newest milestone by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Cartersville Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

Cartersville Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey in July.  A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Cartersville Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Cartersville Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Cartersville Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission certification, 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 Keith Sandlin, president and CEO at Cartersville Medical Center.  “Achieving Joint Commission certification in Inpatient Diabetes, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

In addition to the Gold Seal of Approval™ achievement for the inpatient diabetes program, the outpatient diabetes education program at Cartersville Medical Center is nationally accredited by the American Diabetes Association.

For more information about diabetes education and support services at Cartersville Medical Center or to register for classes, call MedLine® at 800.242.5662 or visit CartersvilleMedical.com.

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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About Cartersville Medical Center
Cartersville Medical Center, a facility of Redmond Regional Health System in Northwest Georgia, is a 112-bed acute care hospital, Accredited Chest Pain Center and Gold Seal Inpatient Diabetes program certified by the Joint Commission.  Cartersville Medical Center now offers da Vinci gynecological and urological robotic surgery and was named a Top Performing Hospital in 2011 by the Joint Commission based upon key quality measures.  The Women’s Center provides mammography services that are gold seal accredited by the American College of Radiology.  Acworth Medical Plaza – including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center – and The Hope Center, a regional cancer treatment facility, are healthcare entities of Cartersville Medical Center.

For more information about programs and services offered at Cartersville Medical Center, The Hope Center or Acworth Medical Plaza, call MedLine at (800) 242-5662 or visit www.cartersvillemedical.com.

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