AKRON — Summa Health announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards, according to a Summa press release.

The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Summa Health underwent an unannounced onsite survey last fall. During the review, a team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.

Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years, the news release stated. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

"Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations," said Mark G. Pelletier, chief operating officer for The Joint Commission. "In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Summa Health for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization."

Dr. Cliff Deveny, interim president and CEO of Summa Health, said "Summa Health is very pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission. Our employees from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients we serve."