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Cherry Hospital Earns National Recognition for Quality Health Care


For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013

Raleigh, N.C. -- The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national state-of-the-art standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. Cherry Hospital is one of three state-run psychiatric hospitals and serves the citizens of 38 eastern North Carolina counties.

"I commend the staff at Cherry Hospital for their commitment to high quality, patient-centered care," said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos. "Every day, our state-operated healthcare facilities demonstrate the value of caring for the whole person, providing for their mental as well as their physical health needs."

In March, Cherry Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey by a team of Joint Commission surveyors. The team evaluated the hospital's compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Accreditation is a voluntary process that demonstrates DHHS' commitment to maintaining and adhering to high quality standards for patients and staff at all state-operated facilities. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.

Cherry Hospital serves as a training site for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. It is certified by the North Carolina Medical Society as a CME provider for physicians and physician assistants. The hospital also provides continuing education credit for in-house staff through Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), South East AHEC, and NCPA for psychologists, social workers, and teachers. Cherry Hospital also is affiliated with 13 schools of nursing and provides opportunities for clinical rotations for nursing students throughout the year.

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