Accreditation with the Joint Commission
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, Southwestern Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.
Southwestern Medical Center is one of two hospitals nation wide recognized by The Joint Commission for Significant, Sustained Improvement. We are also proud to be the first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center in Southwest Oklahoma. Southwestern Medical Center also holds separate Joint Commission accreditations in Ambulatory Health Care and Laboratory Services.
The Joint Center at Southwestern Medical Center is the first program in Southwest Oklahoma to receive Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from the Joint Commission. Achieving this level of certification ensures that patients of the Joint Center receive the best possible care when receiving total hip and total knee replacements.
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) Accreditation
Southwestern Medical Center was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the nation’s original independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accreditation confirms Southwestern Medical Center is providing high quality care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.
The decision to award HFAP accreditation is based on findings of an extensive and thorough on-site review of our hospital against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety.
HFAP is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Originally created in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accrediting body in the United States. HFAP accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies.
In 2015, the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), acquired and assumed management of HFAP’s range of accreditation and specialty certification programs. For more information about these programs, visit www.hfap.org.
CARF Three-Year Accreditation for Medical Rehabilitation
Southwestern Medical Center is proud to have received the fifth, consecutive, accreditation awarded to the hospital through CARF. Southwestern is the first hospital in this area to receive a CARF accreditation. To learn more about the accreditation, visit the CARF website.
CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program
Our hospital laboratory has achieved accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program and the only one of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care.
The program is based on rigorous accreditation standards that are translated into detailed and focused checklist requirements. The checklists, which provide a quality practice blueprint for laboratories to follow, are used by the inspection teams as a guide to assess the overall management and operation of the laboratory. To learn more about the College of American Pathologists (CAP) or about how pathologists contribute to your health, click here to visit the website.
Top Workplaces in Oklahoma
For the past six years, Southwestern Medical Center has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Oklahoma. The Top Workplaces program recognizes companies that have created a great place for employees to work.
Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.
The survey includes questions covering several factors. Key to those are organizational health factors, such as: employees feel appreciated and their work is meaningful; their managers care about their concerns and help them learn and grow; and the company’s values and future goals. Other factors included: employee loyalty, motivation and referral; confidence in leadership; and pay, benefits and flexibility. Statements relating to “feeling appreciated” and “where the company is headed” were among the most important to employees, while statements about pay and benefits rated among the least important.
Employee loyalty is extremely valuable to the success of any organization. At Southwestern, we recognize loyal employees by providing them the tools they need to build a road to success, within our organization. We believe this culture is one of many factors that have allowed us this distinction, for the past six years.