News Release

April 7, 2010

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

UConn Health Center Earns Quality Marks

Joint Commission Accreditation for John Dempsey Hospital, Behavioral Health

FARMINGTON, CONN. Ė The University of Connecticut Health Center has earned a Gold Seal of Approvalô for John Dempsey Hospital, including its inpatient behavioral health services, after recent site visits by The Joint Commission, a national hospital accrediting body.

"Accreditation for our organization demonstrates our commitment to patientsí safety and high-quality care," says Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs, dean of the UConn School of Medicine, and CEO of the UConn Health Center. "We have an outstanding Health Center with outstanding people. Joint Commission accreditation helps affirm this excellence."

"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organizationís performance and the outcomes of care," says Mark Pelletier, The Joint Commissionís executive director of hospital programs, accreditation and certification services. "The community should be proud that the UConn Health Center is focusing on the most challenging goal Ė to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of John Dempsey Hospital in December. The accreditation award recognizes the Health Centerís dedication to complying with The Joint Commissionís state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

"We have excellent clinicians, staff and administrators throughout the Health Center who have remained completely focused and proactive about safety issues," says Dr. Mike Summerer, hospital director. "This latest quality acknowledgement is a result of their work and dedication. Itís a credit to our Department of Quality Programs. This has been, and will continue to be, a team effort."

The Joint Commissionís Quality Report for the Health Center is available at

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals, home care organizations, and other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. More information is available at

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