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HCU Receives Joint Commission Accreditation for the 15th Year Running
Posted Friday, March 14th, 2014 by Mike Trevino

Fourteen Good Turns Deserve Another: HCU Receives Joint Commission Accreditation for the 15th Year Running

Health Care Unlimited, INC. (HCU) is thrilled to announce its receipt of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for the fifteenth year in a row. We’re jubilant, and that isn’t an overstatement. To everyone within our organization, and to all the people who work with us and benefit from our services across South Texas, we hope our track record communicates the true depth of our commitment to quality, safe, effective home health care.

Established in 1988, the Joint Commission is the standard bearer for health care quality and safety in home care, and meeting their stringent national standards for over a decade is one of HCU’s biggest points of pride. The Joint Commission consults with a wide range of health care experts, as well as government officials, purchasers, and consumers themselves in order to draft its standards, making for a thorough review process that considers all aspects of an organization’s efficacy and attention to detail. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major commitment toward continually improving the care we provide,” says Joseph Ramon, CEO of Health Care Unlimited, Inc. “We are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis, from the top down. Accreditation helps us create a culture of excellence.”

The Joint Commission survey this year took place in January. After thoroughly evaluating HCU for compliance with federal and state standards of care—which includes specifics like infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management—the Joint Commission surveyors found HCU was doing an excellent job meeting and exceeding their expectations. Even among excellence, there is always room for improvement, and we look forward to putting into practice some of the feedback we received, in order to make our organization even more safe and effective.

We always advise those searching for quality health care services to seek out agencies that are accredited by the Joint Commission, specifically those that have maintained accreditation for many years running. Even better than a favorable reputation, seeing an organization’s accreditation record can assure families and loved ones that high quality care will be provided. “In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, HCU has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Margherita Labson, R.N., executive director of home care accreditation at the Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process, and I commend HCU for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care.”

As a home health agency which has served 18 counties of South Texas for over 24 years, HCU is happy to be moving forward into 2014 with such a strong, compelling affirmation that the care we provide is truly excellent. Our team of healthcare providers is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide personal home care tailored to each patient’s unique needs, including Personal Attendant Care, Private Duty Nursing, Home Health Care, Home Infusion Services and Durable Medical Equipment. We wish our team the warmest congratulations and look forward to continuing to provide competitive, qualified care to the community.

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