Palatka, FL — Putnam Community Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Management Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Putnam Community Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in August 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with sepsis management-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 DiseaseSpecific 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.

"Putnam Community Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with sepsis," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "We commend Putnam Community Medical Center for becoming a leader in sepsis care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for sepsis patients in its community."

"Putnam Community 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. This is a testament of our investments, expertise, and hard work paying off for the betterment of our service area" added Chris Mosely, CEO, Putnam Community Medical Center. "The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community."