Good Samaritan Hospital First Ohio Hospital to Receive Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for Pancreatic Cancer

February 14, 2020

TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital is the first hospital in the state of Ohio to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Disease-Specific Certification (DSC) for Pancreatic Cancer Care. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality patient care.

“To be the first hospital in Ohio to earn this certification is one more way we are showing our commitment to the patients we serve,” said James Maher, MD, TriHealth System Chief, Oncology Service Line. “This certification validates that TriHealth is one of the most qualified health systems in the state to provide high quality, cutting-edge treatments to patients with pancreatic cancer.”

Good Samaritan Hospital underwent a rigorous and comprehensive, unannounced onsite review. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, supporting self-management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care.  Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews of patients and staff.

This certification recognizes health care organizations whose pancreatic cancer programs provide outstanding clinical care across the continuum of patient care for pancreatic cancer.  The certification process evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes metrics to evaluate performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care.

The surveyor relayed feedback from her discussions with team members and patients. She complimented team members for their great collaboration across multiple disciplines.  She also made a point to recognize the unique relationships witnessed between team members and their patients.  The result of the survey was full accreditation with no requirements for improvement, and verification of the high standard of care we deliver to our patients.

Last Updated: February 14, 2020