St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Granted Joint Commission Accreditation

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(Apple Valley)– St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is proud to announce that is has been granted full accreditation by The Joint Commission.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. In March, the Commission conducted an unannounced three-day survey of St. Mary staff, practices and policies.

“I’m very proud of our staff for always providing the best patient care possible and making St. Mary the hospital of choice in the Victor Valley,” said St. Mary CEO Alan Garrett. “I’m looking forward to a great relationship with The Joint Commission, as we are continually looking for ways to improve our patients’ experience.”

The Joint Commission is also recommending St. Mary for Medicare certification. The final determination regarding Medicare participation will be determined by the regional office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“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, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend St. Joseph Health, St. Mary for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary, which was again voted best hospital of the desert by Daily Press readers this year, is part of the St. Joseph Health system. All ministries within the system now hold a Joint Commission accreditation, providing uniformity.

About St. Joseph Health, St. Mary

Established in 1956, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is a 212-bed acute care medical center that is home to the High Desert’s premiere comprehensive cardiovascular surgery program. The medical center is fully accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). St. Mary is part of St. Joseph Health, which is a non-profit, faith-based health care delivery organization serving California, Texas and New Mexico. In Southern California, its hospitals include Mission Hospital with campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach; St. Joseph Hospital in Orange; St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, along with St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and home health care services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, St. Joseph Health strives to achieve its mission by realizing three strategic goals: Sacred Encounters, Perfect Care and Healthiest Communities.

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 accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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

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