Fort Polk Guardian 11-22-2019

WARRIOR SPIRIT FORGING THE JRTC & FORT POLK GUARDIAN THE Home of Heroes @ Fort Polk, LA Nov. 22, 2019 Vol. 46, No.47 Weekend weather Today Saturday Sunday 75 64 64 50 90% 0% 0% 42 44 Rain chance Rain chance Rain chance Inside the Guardian Jernigan recognized .... 3 Earning spurs ............. 5 Scots fight, play .......... 6 Rucking for kids .......... 7 Heroes welcomed ......... 9 Polk loses friend ........ 11 FORT POLK, La. — Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hospital accreditation by demonstrating con- tinuous compliance with its per- formance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality reflecting the health care organiza- tion’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. BJACH underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey Oct. 29- 31. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital and the out- lying clinics: Fontaine Troop Med- ical Clinic and Lancon Soldier Cen- tered Medical Home. Surveyors as- sessed the organization’s compli- ance with hospital standards related to several areas, including infection prevention and control, medication management, emergency manage- ment, environment of care and lead- ership. “Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital is pleased to receive ac- creditation from The Joint Commis- sion, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Col. Jody Dugai, BJACH commander. “I am extremely proud of our team for their accomplishments. We continue to work together to devel- op and implement strategies that improve care for our service mem- bers, their Families and our commu- nity.” Surveyors recognized several de- partments for exceptional work: Pa- tient Centered Medical Home and Soldier Centered Medical Home pa- tient care and documentation, Din- ing Facility cleanliness, Surgical Processing Department for explana- tion of processes, Operating Room organization and appearance, Facili- ties documentation and assess- ments, safety assessments of hospi- tal construction areas, Pharmacy compounding explanation, Infection Control processes and monitoring, and the Emergency Department team Survey Analysis for Evaluat- ing Risk room assessment. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations in the United States, including 4,400 hos- pitals, more than 3,900 home care entities, and more than 7,000 other health care organizations that pro- vide behavioral health care, labora- tory, ambulatory care and long term care services. Although The Joint Commission certification is not mandatory, gov- ernment medical treatment facilities undergo the accreditation process to instill patient confidence by being completely transparent. The process helps assure patients that the mili- tary hospital is measured by the same high-quality standards as civilian hospitals. The standards help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance. Earning the Gold Seal of Ap- proval is a remarkable accomplish- ment, but it does not stop there. BJACH healthcare professionals are constantly aware of how patient safety is an integral part of the orga- nization’s culture. Accreditation is a continuous process of learning per- formance-improvement methods to advance the safety and quality of care, which can reduce the risk of errors for patients. BJACH is in con- stant pursuit of excellence to ensure it is medically ready to deliver safe, high quality care every day. BJACH receives full accreditation by Joint Commission BJACH Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital received full accreditation by The Joint Commission during a visit Oct. 29-31. Pictured, from left are: Lt. Col. Brian Adams, deputy commander for Clinical Serv- ices; Maj. Camille Betito, deputy commander for Administration; Col. Jody Dugai, BJACH commander; BJACH Command Sgt. Maj. Alexander Poutou; Col. Michael Szymaniak, deputy commander for nursing; and Roy Lockwood, deputy commander for Quality and Safety. CHUCK CANNON / GUARDIAN