Fort Walton Beach, Fl — Fort Walton Beach Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in July. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with (name of condition)-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with (name of condition)," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "We commend Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for becoming a leader in (name of condition) care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for (name of condition) patients in its community."

"Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. "The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community."